Kent Historical Society to host Town and Garden Tour June 7-8

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The Kent Historical Society will host the Town and Garden Tour June 7 and 8.

The tour features a variety of unique historic homes, gardens and buildings all within walking distance of downtown Kent. It will also feature unique urban living spaces at Acorn Corner and the Landmark at Kent.

Proceeds from the event will support the Kent Historical Society's efforts to restore the exterior of the KHS-owned Erie Depot on Franklin Avenue, where the Pufferbelly Restaurant is located.

The tour will include the West Main Street area sites of the Kent Masonic Temple (historically the Marvin Kent Home, built in 1884), the W.W. Reed Home (built in 1899), the Lilac Gardens (established in 1863), the Patton House (established in 1902) and Gingr Vaughan's Gardens.

East side and downtown sites featured will be Acorn Corner (formerly Franklin Hotel, established in 1920 at DePeyster and Main streets), the Landmark building (established in 2014 on South DePeyster), the Kent Historical Society Museum/Clapp-Woodward home at 237 E. Main (built in 1883) and the Dr. Krape/Mildred Bumphrey home (built in 1890 on Columbus Street).

The tour will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and from noon to 5 p.m. June 8. Tour booklets will serve as each participant's ticket to the nine venues on the tour. The souvenir booklet features a picture of each location and its history.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Hometown Bank, McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts, Sue Nelson Designs Ltd., the KHS Museum and Group Ten Gallery.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the tour. For more information or to volunteer call event co-chairs Carol Stroble at 330-678-5847, Dawn Carpenter at 330-678-0538, the historical society at 330-678-2712, or visit KHS' website at www.kentohiohistory.org.

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