The Spirit of Huffman Tour of Historic Homes
If you’ve ever driven or taken a stroll down Linden Avenue in the Huffman Historic District, you may have been struck by the beauty of the tunnel of oak and linden trees that create a continuous canopy overhead. Or perhaps you were too distracted by the stately collection of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Eastlake Victorian homes. Especially in the fall, there’s a certain magic in the air in Huffman when jack-o-lanterns grace front porch steps and the leaves of the tree canopy transition to autumn colors. There is no better time to experience this magic than when the Huffman Historic Neighborhood Association puts on the biannual, guided home tour, “The Spirit of Huffman.” The Spirit of Huffman home tour’s tagline is, “Where Halloween and History Collide,” and, indeed it’s true, when the outing offers tour goers the only historic home tour in Dayton that incorporates Halloween.
Participants of the 2018 Spirit of Huffman tour were guided through the neighborhood, stopping to tour nine unique, Victorian era homes. Tour goers also admired several neighborhood landmarks: Dayton’s first brick school house, two beautiful Victorian churches with active congregations, and an old market that is looking at a second life. Throughout the two hour tour visitors were entertained and informed by Huffman residents of a century ago, as well as being treated to an animation of a neighborhood mural, brought to life by actors from Black Box Improv. Each tour was capped off with refreshments and more entertainment!
A special thank you to our sponsors DK Effect, Blackbox Improv, Dayton Most Metro, St. Anne the Tart, Gem City Podcast, The City of Dayton and our great neighborhood of volunteers helping to keep the Spirit of Huffman alive. We hope to see you at our 2020 Spirit of Huffman!