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story.lead_photo.caption This home at 116 Forest Hill Ave. is one of several residences on the westside Jefferson City street that will be featured in the annual Historic City of Jefferson (HCJ) Historic Homes Tour on Sept. 22. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

The Historic City of Jefferson City will feature half a dozen homes on Forest Hill Avenue during its 14th annual Homes Tour later this month.

The tour will run 1-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

The homes the historic preservation organization plans to feature are 106, 115, 116, 119, 140 and 142 Forest Hill Ave.

"Attendees will be able to go into each house at their leisure and tour and see how these houses that were built in the 1920s and 1930s have retained some of their original features but have also been re-adapted for use today for their families," HCJ Executive Director Anne Green said. "A lot of them have kids, so it's interesting how these old houses are living on and also the stories behind the houses."

Forest Hill Drive was platted in 1922 and called Forest Place. It was located on pastureland owned by local architect Fred Binder, who dreamed of a park. Binder Park, off Rainbow Drive, was named after him; and Memorial Park was previously named after the architect.

The homes tour moves every year, highlighting different parts of the city. Last year, it was on Moreau Drive and attracted more than 800 people.

While residents walk by the houses daily and even admire their architectural features, Green said, many people do not know the stories behind them.

"There's a lot of history in our community, and I think our homes tour is a time of year when we can take a break and enjoy an afternoon appreciating the history that is in our community," she said.

HCJ will close off Forest Hill Avenue to traffic, but attendees can park at St. Joseph Cathedral, 2303 W. Main St., or West Elementary School, 100 Dix Road. A trolley company will transport attendees to the homes tour.

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the tour.

HCJ started offering VIP tickets this year, which cost $25. A VIP ticket comes with the homes tour, a complimentary HCJ souvenir wine glass and access to the VIP tent at 111 Forest Hill Ave., where there will be food, drinks and music. The VIP reception will run 2:30-5:30 p.m.

People can purchase tickets at historiccityofjefferson.org or at one of several local retailers: Carrie's Hallmark, 117 E. High St.; Hy-Vee, 3271 W. Truman Blvd.; Click2Sell4U/Kay's Collectibles, 620 E. High St.; The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway St.; Schulte's Fresh Foods, 1904 Southwest Blvd.; Samuel's Tuxedos, 236 E. High St.; and Shop Girl, 106 Boonville Road.

The proceeds will go toward HCJ projects, like rehabilitating the Jefferson City National Cemetery's old Caretaker's Cottage and turning the Tweedie House at 601 E. High St. into a public research library.

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