This two-story Queen Anne-style cottage was inbuilt 1885, and rear and facet additions have been inbuilt 1995.


Final summer season, I went to the Monteagle Sunday College Meeting’s annual Cottage Tour for the primary time.

I had needed to go for years, however final yr was the primary time I may make the date work on my calendar, and boy was all of it that I anticipated – and extra.

After I made plans for some associates and me to go, I knew we’d get to tour among the Meeting houses, and I had heard that we may get a pleasant lunch, however having the ability to stroll across the lovely step-back-in-time compound, browse the works of a number of artisans in a craft honest, get pleasure from a fascinating presentation by a cooking guru, and even store an outside rummage sale made the day journey an enormous winner.

And sure I’m planning my return journey to the 59th annual Cottage Tour & Bazaar on Friday, July 21.

Placed on by the Girl’s Affiliation of the Monteagle Sunday College Meeting, the day contains excursions of 5 consultant cottages; a self-guided tour of historic buildings; the bazaar/craft honest, lunch choices and the all the time widespread Bake Sale.

“The annual occasion is designed to share with the general public the Meeting’s distinctive historical past and mission, to showcase its consultant turn-of-the-century cottages and buildings, and to spotlight the Chautauqua Motion and the Meeting’s affiliation with the Chautauqua Community,” mentioned spokeswoman Ann Ewing.

This yr’s tour will characteristic 5 distinctive cottages: Showboat, Southern Consolation, Physician’s Inn, The Nest, and Lagniappe. (I really like the names and you’ll learn extra about them on the backside of this column).

Ewing mentioned the Bazaar (9 a.m. to three p.m.) “welcomes outdated favorites and a number of other new distributors who will convey native arts and crafts and splurge-worthy fantastic artwork and jewellery in addition to paper, ceramics, artwork, jewellery, garments, crops, leather-based and extra from greater than 30 chosen native and regional artisans.”

The out of doors Butterfly Boutique (9 a.m. to three p.m. in Writers Grove) sale of donated objects from members and associates was a welcome cease for me for certain. Nice offers and attention-grabbing objects.

At 10:45 a.m., there will probably be a “Residing Floral” presentation by writer/revolutionary designer Margot Shaw, who will share her personal floral and backyard design concepts together with highlights from different botanical designers.

“They present how one can incorporate flowers in house decor and current quite a few methods to entertain with aptitude,” mentioned Ewing, who mentioned this system will concentrate on “how eclectic furnishings can work effectively with floral and botanical accents in cloth, wallpaper, paintings, and equipment to form stylish indoor areas.”

On the Meeting’s Harton Eating Corridor, La Bella Pearl’s will provide a $20 buffet (accessible 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) Or pre-ordered, pre-paid field lunches ($20) might be picked up between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and loved in one of many Meeting’s inexperienced areas.

The day additionally contains a bake sale the place the Meeting’s greatest cooks convey their candy and savory specialties to promote.

Along with touring the 5 cottages, guests can even discover the Meeting’s historic public buildings together with the Winfield Home (1904), the Auditorium (1927), the Gymnasium (1884) and Warren Chapel (1951).

In regards to the Cottage Tour Day

The 59th annual Cottage Tour and Bazaar, hosted by the Monteagle Sunday College Meeting Girl’s Affiliation is 9 a.m. to three p.m. on Friday, July 21 on the Monteagle Meeting in Monteagle. It’s positioned on Meeting Avenue in Monteagle, about 80 miles from Nashville.

In earlier years, 400-500 individuals attended. Organizers recommend making a day of it. “The tour alone could possibly be accomplished in an hour or so, however between the bazaar, Butterfly Boutique and lunch, most individuals plan a leisurely go to of 3-4 hours.”

Advance tickets ($20, or $25 day of) and field lunches ($20) should be reserved and paid for prematurely at utilizing Paypal or by calling 931-924-2286. There’s additionally a lunch buffet and grill in Harton Corridor the place you’ll be able to pay on the spot. Parking passes are $5 per automobile and might be bought on the day of the tour on the North Gate.

Ewing mentioned to you should definitely cease in at cottage #116, The Gallery. “A mainstay of the Meeting’s historical past and a must-stop buying vacation spot throughout any go to! Along with artwork and presents, the Gallery is one among a choose few to hold award-winning McCarty Pottery.”

The Cottage Tour is a rain or shine occasion and organizers recommend sporting good strolling sneakers for the reason that tour is on foot. “Folks needs to be ready to stroll, however there will probably be golf carts” for individuals with mobility points, Ewing mentioned.

In regards to the Meeting

The interdenominational Monteagle Meeting, which dates again to 1882, was one among lots of of assemblies patterned after the Chautauqua Sunday College Meeting of Lake Chautauqua New York, which started in 1874.

The 400-acre Monteagle Meeting, which incorporates 161 houses, is amongst just some surviving assemblies throughout the US. It was positioned on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations in 1982 by the U.S. Division of the Inside.

In regards to the Girl’s Affiliation

Organized in 1887, the Monteagle Sunday College Meeting (MSSA) Girl’s Affiliation has performed a significant function within the improvement of the Meeting by offering hospitality, funds and assembly house for all features of the summer season program.

In regards to the cottages

Southern Consolation, #56

“This two-story Queen Anne-style cottage was inbuilt 1885, and rear and facet additions have been inbuilt 1995. Elizabeth Fox bought the cottage in 2019 and started intensive inside and exterior renovations and far wanted repairs. In early 2020, the inside – and a part of the outside –was stripped all the way down to the studs. Elizabeth remodeled the cottage, relocating and increasing bedrooms, growing loos (one up and one down) to a complete of six and a half and re-creating the now-open kitchen. The entire furnishings are new and mirror the eclectic sensibilities of the household.”

Present Boat, #55

“In-built 1887 by a person who was within the lumber enterprise in West Tennessee, the unique cottage consisted of 4 adjoining bedrooms and a porch that wrapped across the whole cottage. All bedrooms had an exterior door to the porch. Painted yellow, it was known as Canary Cottage till 1940. Essentially the most distinctive exterior characteristic is the cupola. It’s thought that round 1920, the again of the cottage porch was enclosed to make a small dwelling room-dining room combo, a really small kitchen and a pair of loos.

“Dr. R.W. and Polly Billington, grandparents of the present proprietor, Cecil Billington Coleman, bought the cottage within the early Nineteen Forties and renamed it Showboat.

“In fall of 2021, Cecil undertook a whole transform of the inside and added 3 new loos and a brand new kitchen. 5 generations of Billingtons have loved Showboat continually for the reason that Nineteen Forties and there are all the time family and friends gathered on the nook of the porch.”

Nest #71

“The unique one-story cottage was constructed of a U.S. authorities surplus navy personnel housing unit that was made accessible after World Conflict II and moved to the location. Round 2002, it was in such disrepair that it needed to be demolished (an uncommon prevalence for the reason that architectural evaluate committee requires cottages homeowners to maintain as many elements of any authentic construction as potential. It was changed by this beautiful 1.5 story neo-Victorian cottage.

“The cottage contains the primary or major ground after which a second ground with bedrooms. A lower-level “basement” pool room was transformed to an additional bed room that the grandchildren name the “Down-Down.” The third ground is devoted to playrooms and is, after all, known as the “Up-Up.”

“The cottage contains a wraparound porch and particular flower backyard. The Siegrist household’s three kids, spouses, eight granddaughters and one grandson get pleasure from a lot of household time at The Nest.”

Lagniapple #82

“John F. Clark found The Meeting in 1981 as a Sewanee freshman and finally purchased Cottage 82 Veranda in 2020. Clark is from New Orleans and his spouse Mary Louise is from Cell, each former facilities of French tradition on the Gulf Coast; so that they named the cottage “Lagniappe,” a Creole French phrase for “just a little one thing additional.”

“The cottage dates to round 1890 and was initially a two-room “saddlebag” model home with a central chimney containing two back-to-back fireplaces. Whereas the saddlebag-style home was thought-about a minimal type of habitation in its day, the proportions of Lagniappe are beneficiant for the kind, initially consisting of two 16 foot sq. rooms with 10 foot ceilings. The home initially had a porch throughout the whole size, however in some unspecified time in the future the porch was wrapped across the east facet and throughout the rear as effectively. Later these two porch extensions have been widened and enclosed, to type a kitchen and eating room on the east and a big bed room and tiny tub on the north.

“The unique kitchen/eating obtained a brand new gable roof with ten-foot ceilings, bead board siding, and coronary heart pine flooring to match these of the unique home. Shiny colours and huge areas of window and door glass have been used to herald extra mild. The ten-foot-wide facet addition homes the brand new facet porch and kitchen, and the window between the kitchen and porch incorporates a folding shelf in order that objects could also be served immediately onto the porch and vice versa.

“The rear enclosed porch addition was utterly gutted aside from the roof and exterior wall. Two new bedrooms have been added with a full tub between. The 2 authentic rooms of the home, comprising the lounge and master suite, have been painted, the chimney was rebuilt, and a brand new vainness was put in within the grasp tub.”

Physician’s Inn

“In-built 1896, this Adirondack model cottage is among the few cottages within the Meeting with the unique dependencies. It was one of many first to have a storage and a chauffeur cottage.

The cottage has been underneath phases of restoration since bought by the present homeowners in 2011. The flooring in the home are authentic coronary heart pine. The partitions, board and batten are chestnut. The doorway room contains a hovering double peak ceiling with the unique cross beams and peak nook working home windows on pulleys for air flow. Additionally featured on this room is a big fire of mountain stone of a singular design which has been featured in “Southern Residing” journal. The 16 over 16 home windows with authentic glass are a uncommon characteristic of the cottage.

“The latest restoration noticed the kitchen accomplished on the unique again porch and a brand new display screen porch added throughout the again, and the restoration of the unique Adirondack laurel wooden railings on the entrance porch.

“The cottage was bought from the Morgan household in 2011 by the Monfore household who additionally personal Mint Julep subsequent door. The cottage is now owned by Thomas Montgomery of Birmingham. It’s the place all of the Monfore grandchildren reside, and there’s a fixed move of site visitors between Mint Julep and The Physician’s Inn.”

Mary Hance, who has 4 a long time of journalism expertise within the Nashville space, writes a weekly Ms. Low-cost column. She additionally seems on Thursdays on Speak of the City on NewsChannel5. Attain her at and observe her on Fb at