The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, and participants are invited to take a tour of local lofts and other historic places in downtown Portsmouth and Historic Boneyfiddle.
During the first-ever Tour of Lofts five years ago, the quiet efforts of several Portsmouth residents to restore the historic and architectural integrity and beauty of their buildings came to the attention of the general public.
“This is the sixth annual event and the best collection of stops,” said Zoe Richards, director of Main Street Portsmouth. Richards said many of the stops have been on previous tours, giving tourists an opportunity to see the preservation efforts on those properties.
“There’s also other landmarks available this year, including the Eli Kinney House,” Richards said.
“The tour is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the preservation efforts of those individuals in this historic area.”
The tour provides an opportunity to see how others are adapting and restoring old buildings to new grandeur. Those taking the tour are also invited to enjoy festive treats at each location.
Lofts and other historic places on this year’s tour are: Eli Kinney House, 317 Court St., The Emporium Building, 607 Chillicothe St., Kennel Lodge, 501 Seventh St., Southern Ohio Museum, 825 Gallia St., Law Library at Scioto County Courthouse, 725 Court St., and The Lofts, 840 Gallia St.
Richards said volunteers have done an amazing job of coordinating the event and proceeds from the tour will support future preservation, revitalization and beautification of the downtown historic area.
The Portsmouth Ladies Society will be making cookies this year, Richards said. She encourages tourists to visit the speciality shops and restaurants. Local artists will also be showcasing their work at various locations — B Sweete Chocolaterie, Binn’s Antiques, Boneyfiddle Home and Garden Shop, Chinaberry Tree, Ghosts in the Attic and Main Street Video.
Main Street Portsmouth is a National Main Street Community. The mission is to provide services, incentives and collaborative opportunities that promote a healthy economic downtown while preserving historic integrity.
For more information, contact Richards at (740) 464-0203 or e-mail email@example.com.