The tour takes place Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased from the Moss Pot in Liverpool or by calling the Privateer Days office at 354-4500. Proceeds from the tour go towards the Privateer Days festivities in June.
The tour was put on hiatus after the one in 2009, due to conflicts in the organizer's schedules. However co-chair Brian Fralic says it was never a permanent cancellation. Now the tour is back, and he says the homes are quite spectacular this year.
Most of the houses are in Liverpool, with the exception of one out in Western Head. Fralic says they wanted to keep things a little more central this year, to make it easier for people to get around.
There is no set route people have to follow, and they can start at any home they like, says Fralic. Each home will have a greeter, to direct them to the rooms they can view. Each guest is also asked to respect closed doors or areas to not enter, since those rooms will not be part of the tour.
After people have enjoyed the sights of the homes, they can take in a cup of tea or other refreshment at the Rossignol Cultural Centre.
"It's probably one of the best house tours in this end of the province," says Fralic
He says they offer a lot for the money, and it shows by how popular the event is. Their peak year saw around 250 people come out for the tour. There are families and groups of friends that look forward to it each year, he adds.
"It's become an event for whole groups of people," he says.
As for why it is so popular, Fralic thinks it has to do with people's curiosity.
"These are homes we have drove by for years and years. I think everyone has a part of them that wants to see other homes."
He adds they can also appreciate the architecture and decorating as well.
The houses on the tour range from homes built around the founding of Liverpool up to a modern replica of the gothic style.
Some homes have been extensively renovated recently, such as Jack Wynters and Linda Wasylciw's home and Greg Tutty's home, both located on Church Street. Others have appeared on the tour before, such as Carla Powell's home on Bristol Avenue.
Other homes on the tour include Anne and Laurie Martin's gothic style home on Main Street, Shelley and Paul Connolly's former fish house and dance hall, Iris Inkpen and Gary Smith's home by the ocean and Oscar Hanson and Murray Doucette's late Victorian home behind the courthouse.