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Fine Victorian Homes
Sutliff Museum Spring and Summer 2011 One-Day Bus Tours



Fine Victorian Homes is the theme for this year's one-day bus tours sponsored by the Sutliff Museum. Each trip will include a tour of an outstanding house of that romantic era. The first trip will be on Saturday, May 14, to visit the Simon Perkins Stone Mansion in Akron. One of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in Ohio, the house was built in 1837 and was occupied by three generations of the Perkins family who preserved its elegant furnishings. After the tour of the house, the bus will transport the group to the quaint, nearby town of Hudson for lunch at Hudsonís Restaurant. Each person will order from the menu to suit his or her own taste and pocketbook. The rest of the afternoon is open for browsing in the varied shops, antiques stores, galleries confectionaries and the town libraryís historical vignettes and art gallery.

The cost of the tour is $45, which includes transportation, bus driverís tip, admission fees, tour guides, snacks and bottled water on the bus. The tour leader will lecture briefly on Victorian architecture and other aspects of the Victorian period during the trip.

The comfortable CCS Trans motor coach will be available for boarding a half hour before the departure time of 9 a.m. at the parking lot of the new Elm Road Wal-Mart in northeast Warren. It will return there by 5 p.m. To register for this trip or for any or all of the trips, download the registration form from the Sutliff Museum website at http://www.sutliffmuseum.org/Documents/BusTours2011.pdf or call the tour registrar at 330-856-6293.  

The second trip this year, on Tuesday, June 14, will be to Meadville, Pa, and the 1843 Baldwin Reynolds House. In its 25 rooms elegant rooms, the furniture is all of the period and befitting a southern mansion that Mr. Baldwin had admired in his travels to Nashville, Tenn. Also included on this trip are brief visits to the Academy Theater, a splendid temple of amusement in the late 1880s and the oldest Pennsylvania market house in continual use. There, produce, baked goods, cheeses and crafts are for sale. Then it is on to Cambridge Springs, Pa, for a salad luncheon ($12) at the historic Riverside Inn. Tours of the antique-furnished rooms and the gardens will be offered before the bus leaves to go to the Campbell Pottery Store and Gallery on the way back to Warren. The cost of the trip is $45, which includes transportation, bus driverís tip, admission fees, tour guides, snacks and bottled water on the bus. The tour leader will share information on Victorian arts and life during the trip. The dayís schedule and registration procedure are the same as for the May trip.

The third and final One-Day Bus Tour will be on Wednesday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the same arrangements as stated above. The destinations for this trip are not far away, but are as interesting and lovely as any anywhere. The first stop will be at the Ward-Thomas House in Niles, Ohio. There, the First Ladiesí Dresses are a featured attraction among rooms full of fascinating Victorian furnishings and artifacts. The group will travel to Avalon Gardens in Youngstown for a pizza, salad and dessert luncheon ($9.50) before continuing to the Arms Family Museum of Local History. This house was designed and built by Olive Arms at the very end of the American Victorian period in the Arts and Crafts style. It is richly appointed with furniture and art. Next door is the little jewel of the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church where the group will stop for a brief tour before going on to the Butler Institute of American Art to see Victorian paintings and browse in the unique gift and art shops. The cost of the trip is $45 and the arrangements and schedule are the same as for the trips outlined above.

Registrations are being taken now for all three trips and seats fill quickly, although reservation deadlines are one week before each trip. For additional information or questions about any of the tours, call the registrar at 330-856-6293, stop in at the Sutliff Museum or email the Curator of the Museum at sally.thomas@sutliffmuseum.org.

The Museum, open from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, is located on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Avenue, NW, in Warrenís Historic Residential District. The Warren Library Association operates the Museum.

Sally Thomas
Curator of the Sutliff Museum

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