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Explore Historic Oak Ridge

Organized by the Town of Oak Ridge

Tickets for Explore Historic Oak Ridge – September 16, 12 – 7:30

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Oak Ridge Historic District and the 250th anniversary of the Old Mill of Guilford, the Oak Ridge Historic Preservation Commission has organized Explore Historic Oak Ridge, a first-ever event that will give attendees exclusive access to a number of the historic homes in Oak Ridge. Visitors can tour a variety of historic sites in the community, taking a peek inside to see some amazing homes and hear fascinating stories about their founders. And there’s fun for the whole family, with hay rides and plenty of music and food from local vendors. 

You will need a ticket to enter most tour sites. You can choose from discounted advance purchase tickets (through September 15 at 4pm) and full-price tickets (available the day of the event).

Other ways to purchase tickets to Explore Historic Oak Ridge: 

  • Discounted advance purchase tickets are also available in person or by mail from Oak Ridge Town Hall (open 8:30 – 4:30, Monday – Friday) at 8315 Linville Road (mailing address P.O. Box 374), Oak Ridge, NC 27310, telephone (336)644-7009. Cash or check only.
  • On the day of the event, full price tickets will be available at three different ticketing locations: Adults - $12, Kids (ages 6 -16) $6. Children 5 and under are free. 

Explore Historic Oak Ridge Schedule of Events

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The Old Mill of Guilford – Help celebrate the Old Mill’s 250th birthday! Limited parking available at the Old Mill.

12 – 4 p.m. – Tour West Historic District sites, with parking available at Oak Ridge Elementary School and State Employees Credit Union. 

12 – 4 p.m. – Tour East Historic District sites and visit sponsors’ and merchants’ areas for food, information, and activities; parking at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church and at Oak Ridge Military Academy. 

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Oak Ridge Military Academy Parade on historic parade grounds, located next to the Old Gym.

4:30 – 7:30 – Closing reception and music hosted by Preservation Oak Ridge at Ai Church. Parking on site. Food available for purchase.  

The Northwest Observer will feature a map of tour sites!

Road Closure: Oak Ridge Road will be closed 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., between Highway 68 and East Harrell Road. Local access provided. Absolutely NO THROUGH TRAFFIC, with exception of emergency and police vehicles.

Questions? Additional information is available at and You can also contact Town Clerk Sandra Smith,, or Historic Preservation Commission Chair Ann Schneider, 336.643.1402,


Thanks to the following generous sponsors of Explore Historic Oak Ridge!

Historic District Patrons

Closing Event Sponsor

Historic District Stars

The Arche Group




Historic District Supporters

Best 4K9

Bistro 150

China Gourmet

Domino’s Pizza

Golden Antiques

Jim & Carol Kinneman

Mitchell, Bartlett & Bell Orthodontists

Olmsted Orthodontics

Ramilya Siegel, Allen Tate Realtors


Historic District Service Supporters

Oak Ridge Florist

A Perfect Cut Lawn Care

Ilona’s Bakeshop

And Special Thanks to our Event Partners:

Merchants of Oak Ridge

Northwest Guilford Women's Club

Oak Ridge Garden Club

The Old Mill of Guilford

Oak Ridge Elementary School 

Oak Ridge Military Academy

Preservation Oak Ridge

PS Communications


Earlier Event: June 8
Monthly Membership Meeting
Later Event: October 28
Great Pumpkin Event