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Homeowners offered fascinating information during House and Garden Tour

June 01, 2013|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com
  • Linda Middlekauff flips through a scrapbook of events held at the Women's Club on S. Prospect Street. She was enjoying a house and garden tour in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

The interior hinged shutters of Jennifer Fettig’s 1893 Victorian Gothic Revival cottage caught her eye and played a part in drawing her from northern California to Hagerstown four years ago.

On Saturday, those shutters and the charming features of seven other area homes drew sightseers out for the Women’s Club of Hagerstown’s ninth House and Garden Tour.

Fettig welcomed visitors to her South Prospect Street home, which blends a fairytale-like exterior with an eclectic interior decor. Contemporary leather furniture plays alongside such historic pieces as a German Renaissance Baroque dining set, making Fettig reluctant to define her style.

“I’m still figuring it out,” she said. “It used to be Southwest, but I didn’t know what to do when I came here. This was clearly not Southwest.”

Fettig found her home while searching real estate online. She said part of the reason she agreed to have it included in the tour was to draw attention to the many beautiful historic homes in the area and to the need for owners who will take care of them.

Mary Anne Kamus, a past president of the Women’s Club, said the tour, which is held about every three years, typically highlights “older, historic, renovated homes.” Tourists pick up decorating tips and find inspiration for furniture and home decor, she said.

Sherry Cramer of Hagerstown toured with three friends.

“This is such a great opportunity because you drive by places that you would love to see, but you’re not just gonna go knock on the door,” she said.

Cramer said she was especially impressed with what Barbara and Luke Brennecke did with their Hopscotch Lane home overlooking Antietam Creek. The 1769 one-story had additions in both the early and the late 19th century.

The Brenneckes have worked for the past four years on projects including a bedroom-turned-closet, a country kitchen, a china and silver room, a stone patio, a wine cellar and exercise rooms.

“They never throw away a piece of wood. It’s wonderful the way they reuse everything so creatively to make something else,” Cramer said.

Marcia Miller of Hagerstown said homeowners offered fascinating information about their homes.

“You don’t realize the history of these places unless you go in,” she said. “The owners are very knowledgeable, and very proud of what they have done.”

Ellen Lewis, 60, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said she has participated in other home tours, and she especially likes the free style of the Women’s Club event.

“Most tours herd you in groups to stay, and sometimes, they offer more information than you can possibly digest,” she said. “This one, you go into homes and meander at your own pace.”

Lewis said she has been having some trouble with the pine-wood porch of her 1870s bed-and-breakfast home. She took interest in a mahogany deck at a home on the tour.

Kamus said more than 200 people participated in the fundraiser. She expected it would raise around $5,000 toward upkeep of the Women’s Club building, which offers 18 rooms for rent as a low-cost housing option for women.

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