President’s House featured on the Roanoke Valley Home and Garden Tour


SALEM, Va.-The 78th Annual Roanoke Home and Garden Tour comes to Roanoke College as part of this year's "Southern Hospitality in Salem" tour. The home and garden tour is scheduled for Saturday April 23 from 10:00 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $20 and the price covers admission to each home on the tour. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at any of the homes on the tour or in advance by credit card at

The self guided walking tour features five houses and one garden in the Salem community. One of the stops on the tour is the Roanoke College President's House at 535 Market St, home of Mike and Terri Maxey. During the tour visitors will be able to visit the President's house and participate in a one-day art show and sale which will feature works from various local artists. The works being displayed include watercolors, oils, mixed media, and pottery.  

Gourmet boxed lunches will be available at the President's home for $12 from 11:00 - 2:00 by prior reservation only. Information regarding boxed lunches can be obtained by emailing Mrs. Powell Leitch at

The President's home was built in 1937 by Dr. LeRoy Gresham, then pastor of the Salem Presbyterian church, in the Georgian Revival style. The home was also owned by the late John P. Fishwick '37, an attorney and alumnus of the College. Fishwick lived in the house until 1968 when he sold the property to Roanoke College.

Located north of the campus, the symmetrical, two-and-a-half-story house reflects many Georgian details:  a hipped roof capped by decorative railing, the elaborate front entrance, keystone lintels, quoins highlighting building corners, dentil work under the roof eaves, and end chimneys. 

The house also features paintings and sculptures donated by friends and alumni of Roanoke College, including 16 original works by Walter Biggs and a study by John Singer Sargent.  Other artists featured throughout the interior include Roanoke alumna Harriett Stokes, Vance Miller, Robert Vickrey and Betty Branch.  An extensive kitchen remodel in 2008 and exterior landscape renovations in 2010 have provided the College an ideal and functional setting to entertain students, parents, faculty, alumni, trustees and community citizens.

Released: April 18, 2011
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