The “Maury Christmas” Historic Home Tour began in 1951 as the Majestic Middle Tennessee Tour.
Since that time, hundreds have flocked to Maury County each year to tour the historic sites that make our county the “Antebellum Home Capitol of Tennessee.” Not only is Maury County the Antebellum Home Capitol of the state, it has also been said that there are more antebellum homes in Maury County, Tennessee than any other place in the United States, save Natchez, Mississippi.
Several of these antebellum jewels will be part of the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour, including the Athenaeum Rectory completed in 1837. The Athenaeum is all that remains of two prestigious girl’s schools that operated in Columbia. While the schools have since closed, the Athenaeum Rectory remains and is now a historic site and museum dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of Maury County. The proceeds of the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour go toward the continued restoration of the Athenaeum.
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