2008-09-11 / Upcoming Events

Historic homes on tour this weekend

The Annual House Tour sponsored by the Jamestown Historical Society is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The two historic homes featured on this year's tour are Riven Rock, located at 113 Melrose Ave., and Onarock located at 105 Walcott Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Baker's Pharmacy or at either of the houses the day of the tour.

Riven Rock was built in 1911 and is a classic Jamestown summer home overlooking the West Passage of the bay. The home recently received national attention as the location where the major motion picture "Dan in Real Life" was filmed.

Onarock, built in 1896, is the work of J.D. Johnston. The house rises above Walcott Avenue on a rocky point and has two large wings visually hinged at a half-round tower. Onarock has undergone many transformations over the years - but Johnston's design retains its original grandeur.

On Friday, Sept. 12, members of the JHS are invited to a preview party at Birdview, 28 Newport St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Built in 1888, Birdview has stunning views to the north and east from its wrap-around porch. The two-story entrance hall has a balcony that runs around three sides of the landing. Non-members can join at the door. Tickets are $40 and reservations can be made by calling 423-0784 or by emailing jhs@jamestownhistoricalsociety. org.

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