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Martinez Historic Home Tour Set For Oct. 8

Fifth annual event features music, history and period costumes.

The Martinez Historical House tour is taking place on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, which will raise money for the renovation of the old train station on Ferry Street, will feature a variety of historic homes in old Martinez neighborhoods. This year, there will be three local bands to provide entertainment, and shuttles for those who don’t want to walk the entire tour.

“It is always amazing to hear participants from out of town say ‘I had no idea Martinez was like this, that they had these kinds of homes,’” said Carolyn Boone Duncan, who is in charge of the tour this year. “They thought we were basically a blue-collar, refinery kind of place. They are surprised by the way the homes are decorated, the renovations that you don’t see from the outside; they walk away impressed.”

This is the fifth year of the home tour. Each year the Historical Society selects new homes to show off. This year the homes being featured are on the northwest side of town, which features

a rich Italian history.

“We will be sharing stories about fishing nets in the attic during the winter, stills with copper pipes running through the houses, and a home built as a wedding gift by prominent Martinez families,” Duncan said. “This year we have three homes built in the 1880s, two in the 1900s, and two in the 1930s, along with the Shell Clubhouse, Shell Museum, the Martinez Museum, John Muir House and John Muir Adobe.”

Duncan said that people can begin the tour at the Shell Clubhouse on Pacheco Boulevard and either drive or take a shuttle to the tour area, where they can walk the tour or take the shuttle to various points along the tour. 

As for a few rules: No cameras, no kids under 12 that aren't strapped to an adults's body, and because these are old homes and almost all of them have stairs, this event is NOT ADA compatible.

This year you can buy tickets online at www.martinezhometour.eventbrite.com, or on the day of the event. Tickets are $20 if purchased prior to the tour, $25 on tour day, and $18 for groups of ten or more.

Carolyn Duncan September 20, 2011 at 07:01 PM
What a nice write up about a GREAT event! YOU CAN ALSO BUY TICKETS AT LOCAL MERCHANTS: Char's Flowers- Main Street Downtown Rumain's Jewelers- Nob Hill Shopping Center I've Been Framed- Ferry Street Downtown mARTinez Gallery- Main Street Downtown Sips Cellars Wine Shop- Pleasant Hill Road near TJ Maxx California Pacific Federal Credit Union- Nelson Ave, North Concord IBEW Members+ Credit Union- Arnold Drive Bagel Street Cafe- Nob Hill Shopping Center See you at the Tour!
John Curtis September 28, 2011 at 08:37 PM
This year the 7 private homes will be within 7 blocks of each other. And there will be period demonstrations, period music (live), displays and antique automobiles mixed in with them. This part of the tour is walkable, though there will also be a very frequent shuttle bus, or you can drive your own car. During the Tour, you can also visit the Shell Refinery Museum, the Martinez Museum, the John Muir Mansion and the adacent 1849 Martinez Adobe which contains the first full-scale exhibit on the 1775-76 de Anza Exhibition from Mexico to present-day San Francisco.
Kristin Henderson February 12, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Carolyn, now that this is LONG over....the facts reported about this neighborhood while overall paint a somewhat accurate picture (as you told me some months ago--its anecdotal), some of the things you describe are not true--not factual. I beg of anyone representing history to find the facts through various primary reference resources. And Curtis, you and history....

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