Not your everyday house tour

There are house tours – and then there is the “Castles of New Castle” House Tour.

The annual event is a perennial favorite, the chance to tour some amazing homes while raising funds for the New Castle Historical Society.

This 11th annual edition is set to get under way at 10 a.m. May 20 and will put the spotlight on the various architectural styles found in the community.

Five homes will again be showcased with the emphasis on, as organizers say, “the unusual, the charming and the striking.”

Participants can visit a 1904 Colonial revival that combines the best of the past with modern flair; an elegant and dramatic light-filled contemporary; a Tudor with a spacious modern interior; a 1790 classic Federal center hall example filled with Asian art and antiques; and a 1920s Sears catalog home called “The Willard.”

And this year, there will be a bonus extra stop – a fieldstone example influenced by the Far East and rarely open to the public – that will be welcoming participants from 2 to 4 p.m. to cap the day.

Tickets are $75 ($50 for members), with a limit of 300 to be sold. All tour proceeds will benefit the society.

An optional buffet luncheon at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua will be offered from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for an additional $25.

For more, or to order tickets, call 914-238-4666 or visit

– Mary Shustack

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