VM Ybor Historic Home Tour 2015

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On Sunday, October 25th from 12 noon – 4 pm, the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Sixth Annual Home Tour. The V.M. Ybor neighborhood was named for Vicente Martinez Ybor, the Spanish founder of Ybor City’s Cigar Industry. A true gem tucked just north of Ybor City and minutes from downtown Tampa.

This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community. With 8 unique homes, Ybor’s last operating cigar factory, and a 200 square foot “tiny house”, the tour will be sure to please local Tampa residents, historians, and visitors alike. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community. The self-guided tour will begin from the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory (2701 N. 16th Street), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

As a Bonus

Attendees will be able to learn about wood window repair directly from master craftsman Steve Quillian, owner of Wood Window Makeover. He will be demonstrating key steps to rehabilitating wood windows at one of the featured homes. Steve is a recognized expert and master craftsman, completing preservation projects as far west as Texas and as far north as Kentucky.

QUICK FACTS

When:  Sunday, October 25th 2015 12noon to 4:00pm

Where:  Self-guided tour starts at the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory – 2701 N. 16th Street and includes the entire V.M. Ybor neighborhood

Tickets:  $10.00 per person in advance (online at www.vmyborhometour.com ); $15.00 day of event

Information: www.vmyborhometour.com or call Kim Headland (813) 263-7388

All proceeds to benefit the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association.

Historic Hillsborough Lodge and Temple Tour and Dinner

MasonicTempleThis is one of those buildings that you’ve passed a million times and always wanted to go in! Thanks to the Tampa Downtown Partnership, you’ll now get your chance. Check out some interior photos here. Cafeteria-style dinner followed by ample time to view the Library, Club room, Eastern Star Room, and the various displays.  Photography is encouraged! Click here for more info about this Freemason’s Lodge dating back to 1850. Click here to register.

Brooksville History Events

Feel like getting out of town for a day? Try heading up ton Brooksville on February 16th for two historic events. The architecture and history of Brooksville will be on display at some wonderful historic homes.
HERNANDO HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL
at the Historic May-Stringer House Museum
601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 9am-3pm
Come see the history of Hernando County
in the pre-Civil War Era, 1800-1860
Free admission

Sweetheart Home Tour

 Tour begins at the May-Stringer House Museum

601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 2:30pm

$15.00 donation, food included

The tour includes the Lovelace Home, also known as the St. Anthony Catholic Church built in 1908. The home boasts the original stained glass windows, and it’s warmth and beauty will be a delight. A wine tasting, presented by Brooksville’s own Brookstone Wines will be on site.

Guests will then be treated to a tour of Saxon Manor, currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens. The Manor house was built in 1876 by Frank Saxon for his bride Tulula Hope. The tour will enable you to see the loving process of restoring a historic home.

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After the tour, you will be treated to a specially prepared dessert while you enjoy a short lecture entitled “The Language of the Fan.” Victoria Jimmerson, dressed in period costume, will delight you as she demonstrates the Victorian art of the fan. Fans will also be available for purchase for your special someone. All proceeds generated from this tour will fund historical state markers designating the Chocachatti Prairie as a significant historical landmark. You may reserve your ticket by calling 813-470-0085. Spaces are limited, so please respond quickly to this “Sweetheart of a Tour.”

For more info please see: http://www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.com/events.html

Mafia Tour of Ybor City

Scott M. Deitche, author of 5 books on the mob including, Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., will lead a two hour long jaunt through Tampa’s Mafia history. The tour will take you to old gambling palaces, street corners and alleys where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Sponsored by Cigar City Magazine, this one-of-a-kind walk through Tampa’s most storied neighborhood. They guarantee you’ll never look at Ybor City the same way again.

Tour Dates:

January 12 | February 16 | March 9 | April 6

The tour starts off from King Corona at 1523 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City.
Tickets must be purchased one day prior to the event.

To book your tour, go to the Cigar City Magazine website.

V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Historic Home Tour

On Sunday, October 16th from 11am – 5pm, the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Third Annual Home Tour. V.M. Ybor is located just north of Ybor City and has held an important place in Ybor history since its inception. Home to over 3,000 residents, the neighborhood is rich in history and within walking / biking distance to Ybor City and downtown Tampa.

This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community. With 8 gorgeous houses, along with the last operating cigar factory in Tampa, the tour will be sure to please local residents, historians, and visitors alike. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community. The self guided tour will begin from the Academy Prep Center of Tampa (1407 E. Columbus Drive), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

As a Bonus
Academy Prep (the former VM Ybor Grammar School) will be the registration point and will be open for visitors to catch a glimpse into the southern anchor of our historic neighborhood – the school where many children first learned English at the turn of the century. It has been beautifully restored and is utilized as a privately funded Middle School. And… Home Encounter, located in a relocated historic grocery store, will serve as this year’s “rest stop” complete with Michele Faedo’s Food Truck for authentic Ybor snacks (think amazing deviled crab and Cubans)!

Quick Facts
When: Sunday, October 16th 2011 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Self-guided tour starts at Acedmy Prep Center of Tampa – 1407 E. Columbus Drive and includes
the entire VM Ybor neighborhood
Tickets:
$8.00 per person in advance (online at http://www.vmybor.org/calendar/annual-home-tour )
$10.00 day of event

All proceeds to benefit the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association and bettering our community