WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williamstown Historical Museum's historic house tour on Saturday, May 11, will feature seven local homes.
The bi-annual event, which is one of the museum's major fundraisers, marks the eighth time a tour has been organized by the museum.
"It's a little different in that it's a walking tour of Southworth and Mooreland streets," Rita Watson, chairwoman of the house tour committee, said. "We have a horse-drawn wagon, owned by David Larabee, that will do the circuit."
In previous years, the houses have been spread out across Williamstown, Watson said, something she wanted to avoid.
"I don't feel that you should spend close to an hour in your car," she explained.
Every attendee will receive a packet of information on the seven houses, Watson said. The information was gathered by resident David Primmer, who researched when each house was built, who built it and the subsequent owners.
The area of Southworth and Mooreland streets is unique for being one of the only grid layouts in town, Watson said. Most of the houses on Southworth Street were built on land originally owned by Antoinette Southworth and her husband.
One unique building featured is the Daniels House at 28 Southworth St., presently owned by the Deveaux family, Watson said.
"People who have lived here for a long time will know it as the Greystone Lodge," she said. "There are still outlines of the numbers on the bedroom doors."
The Southworth School, at 96 School St., will also be featured, Watson said. The building, which was constructed in 1898, served as the town's high school until the opening of Mount Greylock Regional High School in 1961.
"No one wanted to tear down this historic building," Watson said. "Williams bought it and turned it into apartments. One of those apartments will be open for people to go in."
Attendees can park in the Williamstown Elementary School lot on School Street and the Williams College lot on Southworth Street, Watson said.
Tickets for non-members of the museum are $25 and are available at Goff's Sports, Wild Oats Food Cooperative, Where'd You Get That?, The Williams Inn and the House of Local History in the Milne Public Library.
Tickets and information packets on the seven houses will also be available under tents on the corner of Southworth and Main streets.
The Essentials: Williamstown Historical Museum House Tour
What: A tour of seven historic houses on Southworth and Mooreland Streets
When: Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 p.m., Rain date Saturday, May 18
Cost: $20 for Historical Society members, $25 for non-members