Even if you’ve attended events on post you’ve probably not had an opportunity to venture inside most Fort Benning homes.
You’ll get a chance Sunday. Ten homes will be available to tour on the Community Spouses’ Club’s 2011 Tour of Homes.
Before you head to Fort Benning, remember to have your driver’s license, car registration and insurance card because you must go through one of the checkpoints. All adults in the car must also have an ID card.
The tour begins at Riverside, the commanding general’s house, where visitors will receive a map and directions. All of the homes are on main post.
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Amy Catterton, the publicity chair for the tour, said guests shouldn’t worry about getting lost.
“They’re very easy to find,” she said.
Houses on post are similar to rental units. Military families live in the homes, but none are owned by the individual families.
Besides Maj. Gen. Robert Brown’s home, the residences of two other generals, Brigadier Gen. Bryan Owen and Brigadier Gen. Ted Martin, will be on the tour. Guests can also tour the grounds of these three homes. They’ve been landscaped by a crew from Callaway Gardens.
Living in a ‘white elephant’
Chief Warrant Officer Lee and Dominique Unrein live in one of four units of a large white house located near the soccer field and dog park.
These historic homes are commonly called White Elephants because of their large size and white exterior paint. They have recently been renovated and are energy efficient, said Fort Benning spokeswoman Elsie Jackson.
Dominique Unrein likes to show visitors the Asian and Middle Eastern art and furniture in her home. Her husband, Lee, is currently deployed in Iraq, and is due back in early April.
In 15 years, the couple and their two children, Cassandra, 15, and Brandon, 12, have lived at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Camp Zama in Japan; McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.; and Fort Gordon in Savannah.
Everywhere they go, Dominique collects pieces of furniture, china, knick-knacks, art and fabric.
The tour will include the Unreins’ living and dining rooms and the kitchen.
Dominique’s tastes encompass both modern and antique pieces. Whenever she hears that a friend is going to a country that she hasn’t visited, she asks them to pick up something for her.
The other homes on tour include those of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Philippe Testart, Lt. Col and Mrs. Frank Schuster, Col. and Mrs. Michael Wadsworth, 2nd Lt. and Mrs. Dustin McCrary and Capt. Tommy and Lindsey Dean. The Marshall House, the Bachelor Officer Quarters, will also be on tour.
Gen. Owen and Gen. Martin’s homes are on Eames Avenue; the Testarts live on Miller Loop; the Schusters’ home is on Rainbow Avenue, the McCrarys live in Perkins, the Deans and Unreins are in the White Elephants and the Marshall House and the Wadsworths are in the Iron Triangle (near the golf course and the former National Infantry Museum).