For the first time, Fort Benning will open its tour of historical homes to the Columbus community. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. March 27.
Also new this year is a tour of the second floor of Riverside, home to the Fort Benning commanding general and family.
“A lot of people have seen Riverside but have never seen the second floor,” said Amy Catterton of the Community Spouses’ Club. Some Columbus residents have never seen the inside of the historic homes at Fort Benning. Opening the tour to the Columbus community would allow them to know what Fort Benning is all about.
“We are so happy to call Riverside our home,” said Patti Brown, wife of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning commanding general, Maj. Gen. Robert Brown. “It is a beautiful and historic home steeped in history and a place we want to share with those who care about Fort Benning and this community. We feel it’s a privilege and an honor to live at Riverside, and take seriously our role as its caretakers. This fundraiser is a wonderful way we can share Riverside with the community and support a worthwhile cause.”
Money raised from the tour goes back to the community in the form of welfare and scholarships, Catterton said.The tour is the first one that has been done in the spring in a while, Catterton said, and so far includes six homes.
Residents who participate in the tour have the chance to have their home voted as the best house by tour participants. Winners of the best house will receive a two-night package at one of Callaway Gardens cottages and a golf package.
The tour is opened to those 16 and older. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at A Bit of Benning or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the tour, contact Catterton at email@example.com or call 706-763-8856.