The Freeman House on Green Blades tour of homes

Published 11:31 pm Sunday, March 31, 2013

Another improved feature is the back hallway, which was the servant’s hallway where several doors were removed opening up an alcove inviting a lovely spot for the grandfather’s clock.

The latest renovation was in 2011 for Byrd’s office on the second level. The ceiling was removed creating an A-frame and open, roomy feel.

This lovely home, once given the name “Chokoloskee” (an American Indian word meaning “Old House”), has interesting, eclectic furnishing, all of which have a personal story, originating from places the Byrds have visited and chose to include in their lives. The deep, rich colors used on the walls certainly enhance the rooms and are much in keeping with today’s color schemes.

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The Tour of Homes, presented as a fundraiser by the Green Blades Garden Club, will be held on Saturday, April 13. Hours of the tour are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at PJ Fashions and Expressions Florist in Landrum, Down to Earth Garden Center in Tryon, The Garden Patch and the Flower Cottage in Columbus, Kathleen’s Gallery in Saluda, The Wrinkled Egg in Flat Rock and the Silver Fox in Hendersonville.

On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at each of the homes as well as the Park on Trade. Parking will be available at Stone Hedge. Vans for transportation to the Lake Lanier homes will be available at the Tryon Antique Mall Shopping Center near the Lake Lanier entrance. Parking for the Byrd’s house will be available at Urgent Medical Care on Hwy 108 in Tryon.

Visit for more information on the tour and the club’s projects.

For additional information and ticket purchase, call June Current at 828-859-2048 or email

– article submitted by Virginia Lisella