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Tickets now available for second annual Midway Women’s Club Historic Homes Tour June 8


The Midway Woman’s Club is giving visitors an intimate look inside more interesting homes in the Bluegrass during its second annual Historic Homes Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

All sites are within Midway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Homes chosen for this year’s tour were owned by longtime Midway families, including the Starks family, creators of Starks’ Headache Powders; the Parrish and Roach families, supporters of what is now Midway University and distinguished thoroughbred breeders; and the Hicks family, noted farmers and business owners; and more. Another star of the tour is the Benson bungalow, whose interior has been featured on HGTV.

Included on this year’s tour is the Midway Presbyterian Church, ca. 1870, and the nearby Sons and Daughters of Relief cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Midway, the burial place of veterans and several prominent African-American community leaders who were former slaves. The cemetery is also where famous horseman Edward Dudley Brown is buried in an unmarked grave.

Tour highlights:

Benson Bungalow, c. 1870s — The home’s interior, designed by owner Judi Benson, has been featured on HGTV.

Starks-Thurman Home, pre-1835 — One of Midway’s oldest residences, this home was occupied for decades by Richard S. Starks, who created Starks’ Headache Powders, a popular medication in the late 19th century and well into the 20th century.

Cooper-Wilder House, 1908 — This American Four Square house was built by an editor, owned by educators, and lived in by prominent Midway families.

Hicks Home, 1923 — Built by Ben and Hallie Gay Parrish, this home has been loved by the Walden and Hicks families for many years. It was constructed in the Federal Style with a lovely front porch that begs to be sat upon.

As seen in the new film Midway to Love! Southern Equine — We offer another look at this grand home and former Parrish Hill Farm, where several thoroughbreds of note were bred, including Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic. This home was one of the most popular stops on the inaugural Historic Homes Tour.

Midway Presbyterian Church, 1870/1909 — This Gothic Revival beauty, constructed of stucco on brick, with stunning stained glass windows, has been a Midway jewel since built. The lot was deeded in 1840 from the Lexington-Ohio Railroad to be used as a school and a church lot for this new town built by the railroad.

Sons and Daughters of Relief Cemetery — the oldest cemetery in Midway and final resting place of veterans as well as former slaves who became leaders in the town’s African-American community.

Tour tickets are $20 with lunch ticket option (details below) and available online at Eventbrite, bit.ly/2VV7mdd, and at three locations in Woodford County: in Midway, Railroad Drug and May & Co. on Railroad Street; and in Versailles, at Marketplace on Main, 116 East Main Street; and in Lexington at the Rag Peddler, 250 Walton Avenue. Cash or check only at store locations.

The Woman’s Club is also offering Tour with Lunch ticket, which includes the homes tour and a three-course gourmet lunch at the Holly Hill Inn in Midway, another former Parrish family home (not on the tour). Seatings at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tour with Lunch tickets are $50 each (includes tax and tip), and available on Eventbrite only.

Number of tickets is limited. Please note that houses are not handicapped accessible. The tour is self-directed. On June 8, the tour begins at Northside Elementary School, 500 Northside Drive in Midway, where ticket receipts must be redeemed for admission booklets.
No photography allowed.
Proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club, a non-profit group dedicated to helping Midway families and the community.

For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com, the Midway Woman’s Club Facebook page or email midwaywomansclubky@gmail.com.

From Midway Women’s Club


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