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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The 8th Annual Parade of Historic Homes will kick off this Sunday.

Friends of Historic Preservation along with the Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association, plans to hold the largest parade in the event's history.

The parade tour stops will include the home of Governor Samuel Kirkwood, known as Iowa's War Governor because of his leadership during the Civil War; Plum Grove, the home of Iowa's first territorial governor, Robert Lucas; seven Howard Moffitt-designed cottages; and homes featuring other architectural styles. The tour will also highlight nine neighborhood gardens and other points of interest.

Tickets for the home tour are $10 per person for members of Friends of Historic Preservation and $15 for non-members. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Tickets are currently available for purchase at the Salvage Barn at 2401 Scott Blvd SE, online at www.ic-fhp.org, or at any of the homes on the day of the parade. Tour proceeds will support the work of Friends of Historic Preservation.

There will be no admission fee for several other events taking place that day, including the garden tours, neighborhood history with residents dressed in historical costumes, and kids' activities. Pony rides will be offered for $2 in the parking lot of the Assembly of God Church at the intersection of Keokuk Street and Highland Avenue, with proceeds going to support the Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association. Members of the Mark Twain School PTA will also be dressed in costume to raise money for their school through sales of lemonade during the tour.

The City of Iowa City will provide a free shuttle bus to transport people around the neighborhood during the event.

The list of homes that will be featured on the parade include:

• 1030 Carroll Street: Plum Grove, home of Iowa's first territorial governor, Robert Lucas and his wife, Friendly

• 1101 Kirkwood Avenue: Home of Iowa's most celebrated governor, Samuel Kirkwood, and his wife, Jane Clark Kirkwood

• 1105 Kirkwood Avenue (smokehouse only): Smokehouse originally owned by Samuel Kirkwood

• 1105 Keokuk Street: Home first constructed in 1865 on land first owned by Friendly Lucas

• 1210 Keokuk Street: 1920s Dutch Colonial-style house

• Moffitt houses located at 1203 Friendly Avenue, and the following addresses on Yewell Street: 1108, 1301, 1305, 1402, 1411, and 1503.

The event will be held in the Lucas Farms Neighborhood from 1 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 31. Lucas Farms, located in the area bordered by Kirkwood Avenue to the south, Highway 6 on the north, and Sycamore Mall to the east, is one of Iowa City's most architecturally diverse neighborhoods.

For more information, visit www.ic-fhp.org.

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