Cathy and his cars on this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes


The Fayetteville First United Methodist Church is again holding its Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. It will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5.

Restaurateur Truett Cathy has generously allowed his antique car barn to be on the tour, however it will be open only on Saturday, Dec. 4.
There are dozens of antique autos to see, from 1920’s T-Model Fords, to cars belonging at one time to Billy Graham, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and Ava Gabor.

Cathy opened his first Dwarf House in 1946 in Hapeville. In the intervening 54 years, the privately held company has grown to over 1,500 restaurants in 38 states. As befits his strong faith, none of them are open on Sunday.

There will be Chick-fil-A sandwiches for sale, with 20 percent going to the various missions of the church. Also available will be autographed books by Cathy, with 100 percent of the profit going to these missions. He taught 13 year-olds in Sunday School for 52 years.

Other places to visit on the tour include a model home in A. Reynolds Signature Community, a four bedroom stone and shake home. It features a two-story grand room, an open kitchen with exquisite granite countertops. It sits on a one acre lot and overlooks a pond.

The home of Lisa and Van Durden on Isleworth Way is sure to please. The gracious invitation of the chandelier in the grand foyers welcomes you to the charming, southern comfort of this home place. Works of art are featured throughout.

Angela and John Chiasson, on Highgrove Drive, welcome you to their beautiful, traditional home complete with upper, lower and side porches. The upper level features four oversized bedrooms, including an incredible master suite and home office. The family room is graced with a beautiful, poured concrete fireplace.

The Prime Financial Business Center  on Highway 92 S, is an experiential walk back in time. Around 1,000 antiques  and replicas provide guests with an old historic southern town journey to the early 20th century. The front lobby embraces guests with artifacts from the Monticello Post Office with teller windows, wall panels, and letter boxes.

At last but not least, the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House in Fayetteville will delight you with its many artifacts relating to Fayette County history.  The house was built in 1855 by Dr. John Stiles Holliday, uncle of “Doc” Holliday. of Western fame.

You don’t have to be a student of history to enjoy the many stories you will hear about “Doc”, and about Dr. Crawford Williamson Long, who first came up with either, and former Gov. Hugh Manson Dorsey.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church office, 175 E. Lanier Ave., across from the main sanctuary. It is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is also known as the former Redwine house.
For information call 770-461-4313.