Landmarks of Longview gives unique tour of significant homes

Landmarks of Longview gives unique tour of significant homes
Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 12:10 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 9:46 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Snuggled back in areas you may not travel are this years’ Landmarks of Longview, and the Gregg County historical Museum would like you to see them. And the tour’s theme this year is Homes of the Oil Field Boom, and the museum will take you there.

Gregg County Historical Museum Executive Director Lindsay Loy said in the past their Landmarks of Longview Tour was different.

“Normally we have houses that we are allowed to go inside. But post-COVID that’s been a little bit difficult. People are still not willing to open up their houses, so this year we decided to do a bus tour,” Loy said.

And that includes a few amenities, like drinks and snacks, on the bus and at the downtown museum at the meeting point.

“And then we take you to the Skipper Home which is on Highway 31. And this homeowner has been nice enough to open his home to us,” Loy said.

But that’s the only home the tour will enter.

“It’s never been renovated since I’d say 1946. So, everything’s original from the furniture down to the carpets so it’s amazing,” Loy said.

Then it’s back on the bus.

“You head over to Hughes Street for a little history on the Nicholson Estate, and then into Covington, that circular kind of small neighborhood that Dolly Northcutt started,” Loy said.

Northcutt, Loy said, developed the neighborhood and was home to Longview’s influential residents.

“And so, there’s about 15 houses in that neighborhood that we’ll talk about. And through that neighborhood we’ll have actors in costumes,” she said.

The actors will be on the bus and playing people who lived in the homes when they were built.

“And then after that we’ll go to Melton to have a little history on 501 and 507,” Loy said.

During the tour Loy said they will also be giving away door prizes from Longview merchants. So, taking the trip you may learn some history, and come home with a little something extra.

The Saturday tours are selling out but there are still $25 tickets available here.