The McKinley Residential Historic District Fall Home Tour Sept. 23 featured beautiful weather, four historic homes on the tour and many volunteers helping out.
More than 325 people turned out on tour day. People came from Wichita, Augusta, Walton, Sedgwick, Burns, Peck, Hesston, Newton, North Newton and Andover. Cookies were served, and people could choose to participate in a photo scavenger hunt or buy tickets for antique raffle items. There also were a few antique cars on display.
With funds raised from the home tours, neighborhood residents hope to begin working on a courtyard lighting initiative in their historic district.
When the McKinley Residential Historic District Neighborhood Association was formed in 2008, they surveyed district residents to find out what was most important to them and what they would like to see happen in the district. People rated increasing beautification, safety and social functions as their highest priorities. With a lighting initiative in place, the neighborhood would be able to address both beautification and safety issues at the same time.
They have already addressed beautification by sponsoring a fall district-wide clean-up the past two years. Residents of the district are able to dispose of outdoor yard waste for free, one day each fall, when dumpsters are provided for them to use. They also have sponsored ice cream socials for residents.
Sponsors of the home tour include Matthew Hamm, Central Star Financial Solutions, Mike and Melody Fry, Furniture Repair by Frys and Robin Metzler, Prudential Dinning Beard Realtors. Midland Bank also allowed the neighborhood to display an antique raffle chair in their lobby.
If you would like to learn more about the historic district and view the homes that were on the tour, visit