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BEAUFORT, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2019) – How would you like to support some great community causes by spending a crisp, autumn day touring Craftsman style cottages and bungalows on the beautiful streets of Beaufort?


The Beaufort Woman’s Club invites you to the first Craftsman Style Architecture Tour on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will feature homes in the historic downtown area and nearby Highland Park neighborhood.


Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 after Oct. 19) and $10 for students. They are on sale now at and at Beaufort Ace and The MirIAM Treasures in Morehead City.


Ticket holders can visit more than 10 homes (eight home interiors and two additional front porches) to learn about the history of the homes and what makes them uniquely Craftsman. The ticket also includes a free visit to the 1907 Beaufort Train Depot, where preservation enthusiast and Craftsman homeowner, Dr. Dan Krautheim, will present at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the architecture and history of Beaufort’s Craftsman style homes.


Proceeds will benefit several local charities, including the academic success programs of the Beaufort Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, laptop computers for The MirIAM, a drug and alcohol and detox/rehabilitation facility for women, and assistance with the restoration of the hurricane devastated Carteret Community Theatre.


“Beaufort is absolutely beautiful in the fall, and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy the cooler weather than to learn about Craftsman style architecture,” said Karma Rodholm, Beaufort Woman’s Club Craftsman Tour chair.


“Craftsman style homes are the third most significant architectural style in the historic area, and their welcoming front porches add so much to the charm of Beaufort,” she said.


Beaufort’s historic downtown has approximately 75 Craftsman style homes, a style that grew in popularity across America between 1906 and 1940. The majority of Beaufort’s Craftsman style homes were built in the 1920s. The homes have prominent front porches, low-pitched roofs, deep eaves with exposed rafters, dormers, and large fireplaces, often with built-in cabinetry on either side.


Several local businesses have provided generous financial support for the tour, including Platinum sponsors Safrit’s Building Supply, Coastal Lighting Gallery and Crystal Coast Heating & Air. Gold sponsors are Atlantic Wealth Management, Beaufort Ace, Downton Antiques, Health Promotion Services, IC Granite, and Pam Byrd–Al Williams Properties.


For more information and a list of homes to be featured on the tour, visit or call (252) 241-4741.

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