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The Pennington home at 819 Belvin was built in 1909. It is one of five houses on this year's Heritage Association's Tour of Homes. COURTESY PHOTO

by SHELLEY HENRY

Sponsored by the Heritage Association of San Marcos, the 37th annual Tour of Homes will offer “A Stroll Through Historic San Marcos” May 5-6 from 1-5 p.m. both days.

Maps and tickets for the tour can be purchased for $10 on the days of the tour. Tickets will also be on sale at each of the featured homes during tour hours.

On the tour this year are five charming, historic homes. The oldest of the group, built in 1859, is the Donna and Gerald Hill home at 730 Belvin Street. Dating back to 1895 is Diane and James Baker’s home at 727 Belvin Street. Also on Belvin Street is Linda and Bill Pennington’s home at 819 Belvin, which was constructed in 1909. Built just a few years after that is the home at 719 West San Antonio Street, owned by Dina and Chris Secrest. Rounding out the group is the home of James and Deborah Robertson at 1202 West Hopkins Street, which was built in 1924.

As visitors enjoy their stroll through the homes, they can also make a stop at 1030 Belvin Street at the Lemonade Respite under the gazebo.

To make the weekend a genuine San Marcos experience, several other cultural and historical sites will be open May 5-6 for “Heritage Weekend.” These sites include the Charles S. Cock House Museum and the Merriman Cabin at 400 E. Hopkins Street; the Hays County Courthouse at 111 East San Antonio Street, which will feature historical exhibits sponsored by the Hays County Historical Commission; and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos at 211 Lee Street.

Also open to visitors will be Johnnie Armstead’s Calaboose African American History Museum, on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Fredericksburg Street; the LBJ Museum of San Marcos on 131 North Guadalupe; and the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at the San Marcos Municipal Airport at 1807 Airport Drive.

Heritage Weekend will mark the beginning of a monthly promotion of all these local treasures, which will be open on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or longer for some of the sites).

Sponsors for this year’s Tour of Homes include the San Marcos Daily Record, Platinum Sponsor; Eleanor Crook, Gold Sponsor; Frost Bank, Central Texas Medical Center, the Hays County Historical Commission, and the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, Silver Sponsors; and McCoy’s Building Supply, Bronze Sponsor.

Visit www.heritagesanmarcos.org for information, including hours of operation, for the Heritage Weekend locations.

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  1. I have been attending these tours (and helping to plan them) since I arrived in San Marcos eight years ago. It is fascinating to go on these “behind the scenes” tours of the most beautiful older homes in San Marcos. All are even prettier inside and closer inspection reveals lovely gardens and porches which you would never see otherwise. Spend a beautiful afternoon exploring the charm of San Marcos. It is a very enjoyable way to experience our historic heritage and learn about our city ancestors. All proceeds benefit the programs and preservation efforts of the Heritage Association of San Marcos.

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