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Northfield home, garden tour set for Saturday

  • "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

    "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.
    Recorder/David Rainville

  • "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

    "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.
    Recorder/David Rainville

  • "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville
  • "Bonnie Blink," also known as Dickerson House, is a Queen Anne home nestled between the greens of the Nortfhield Golf Club, is being renovated for use as a bed and breakfast by the golf course's owners, the Snow family of Leyden.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

NORTHFIELD — Those who enjoy antique architecture and well-manicured gardens have two reasons to head to town Saturday.

A home and garden tour of 10 properties will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Saturday. While participants will have to drive themselves from stop to stop, homeowners will show them around and tell them their houses’ histories and some may point out their architectural features.

Tickets are $15 each or two for $25 and are available at the Northfield Historical Society’s 13 Pine St. museum. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society, which is raising money to repair the museum’s “widow’s walk” rooftop platform.

Though it’s not an official stop on the tour, the museum has its own history. Built in 1903, it served as the East Northfield Schoolhouse until 1940, when it was turned into the museum.

While tour locations are being kept under wraps until tour day, organizers promise tours of eight historic homes as well as two large gardens.

One of the historic homes is destined to be Northfield’s newest bed and breakfast — once renovations are complete.

“Bonny Blink,” also known as Dickerson House, sits nestled between the sixth and seventh greens of the Northfield Golf Club. Its owners, the Snow family of Leyden, plan to turn it into a bed and breakfast to go with the golf course, which the family purchased earlier this year.

It won’t be Bonny Blink’s first time as a guest house.

Built around 1892 in the Queen Anne style, the house was moved to its current location two years later. In 1900, it was bought by Bertha Prentice Thompson, who named it Bonny Blink and rented rooms until 1909. Afterward, it was bought by the Northfield Mount Hermon School and housed principal Charles E. Dickerson and his family.

When they left in 1925, the school used the house as overflow lodging for the Northfield Hotel.

Also on the tour and undergoing renovation is Green Pastures, former home to Northfield Mount Hermon School founder Dwight L. Moody’s descendants, built around 1885. The 14-room Victorian is now owned by the C.S. Lewis College Foundation, which is turning it into a study and retreat center.

The house had been used as office space by NMH, and the C.S. Lewis College Foundation has been trying to restore it to its original condition.

To find out the other stops, you’ll have to come to attend Saturday’s tour.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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