Historic Mount Pleasant homes open for tour

Perhaps you, like I, feel the weekend after Thanksgiving is a good time to pause and take a deep breath.

First, because we need to make a waistband adjustment, thanks to all the turkey and fixings.

Second, we need to brace ourselves for the onslaught of holiday festivities that are upon us.

Coming soon is a lovely annual tradition: the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Tour of Homes and Museum Open House.

The museum will be open Saturday, Dec.10, after the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

Each of the 29 rooms in the museum is decorated for the holidays and rumor has it that there is competition between the parlor and the library to see which room can be the most beautiful and ornate.

The museum's open house (and bake sale) will continue the following afternoon, which is also the date of the Tour of Homes.

The tour is a one-day event this year, and there are six stops: a vintage house on North College Street; two newer homes on Sericea Street; the Main Street home of Billie and Robin McAllister; the Inn at Mount Pleasant, also on Main Street; and the First Baptist Church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

I talked with Robin McAllister who, besides opening her own home for the tour, is coordinating this event.

She shared something about each location to recommend itself to visitors.

At the church touring, guests will enjoy live music in the decorated sanctuary.

The newer homes show their owners' love of antiques.

The charming house on North College Street was once the Methodist church until its members converted their building into little cottages.

McAllister says that her house, which she shares with her mother, is "famous for our porch."

They are the third and fourth generation of McAllisters to live in the home, which has stayed in the family since 1900 with the exception of a one-year period when it was sold to a contractor for renovation.

Since the McAllister ladies moved there in 2008, they have made improvements to the landscaping and the porch so that the house truly stands out on Main Street.

At the other end of Main Street is the Inn at Mount Pleasant, home to Sylvia Simpson, who purchased the historic house in 1999. After major renovations, she opened as a bed and breakfast in March 2002.

Like the McAllisters, Simpson has added beautiful landscaping and says that for Christmas she tries to put a bow or sprig of greenery on everything inside and out.

The Eastern Historical Society Tour of Homes is Sunday, Dec.11 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased the day of the tour at the museum on Main Street in Mount Pleasant.