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V.M. Ybor Hosting Fourth Annual Home Tour

The tour will be on Sunday, Oct. 28.

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On Sunday, October 28 from noon – 4 p.m., the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Fourth Annual Home Tour.

This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community, a historic gem, tucked just north of Ybor City and minutes from downtown Tampa. The tour features eight historic houses, a former brick grocery store being converted to an architectural design studio, and the last operating cigar factory in Tampa.

It will be sure to please local Tampa residents, historians, and visitors alike. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community.

The self guided tour will begin from the Academy Prep Center of Tampa (1407 E. Columbus Drive), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

As a Bonus, Academy Prep (the former VM Ybor Grammar School) will be open for visitors to catch a glimpse into the southern anchor of our historic neighborhood – the school where many children first learned English at the turn of the century. It has been beautifully restored, and is utilized as a privately funded middle school.

Quick facts:

When: Sunday, October 28 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Self-guided tour starts at Academy Prep Center of Tampa – 1407 E. Columbus Drive and includes the entire VM Ybor neighborhood
Tickets: $8 per person in advance (online at www.vmybor.org );
$10 on the day of event

All proceeds to benefit the Dream Center, Academy Prep Center of Tampa and the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association.

For more information: www.vmybor.org or call Kim Headland (813) 263-7388.

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