Like old houses? Want to scout out some decorating ideas? Get a kick out of terrific architecture? Enjoy getting an inside peek at some of Astoria's historic homes at the Clatsop County Historical Society's annual Historic Homes Tour, held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, with a special pre-tour picnic lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. on the Flavel House Museum lawn.

Six homes will be on this year's tour, all constructed prior to 1900. They include the J. Finlayson House, built in 1887; the Capt. John Henry Dix Gray House, built in 1880; the John Hobson House, built in 1863; the Jacobsen House, built in the 1890s; the Lee Noe House, built in 1885; and the Sarrinen House, built in 1897.

The homes display fine examples of Queen Anne and Gothic Revival architecture.

The Capt. Gray House, located at 1687 Grand Ave., was the first residence to be built on the hillside on Grand Avenue and started a trend for other residents to build their homes with unobstructed views of the Columbia River, yet within easy walking distance of downtown.

The Hobson House, built as a single-family residence, is carefully positioned on its one-quarter block site on Bond Street and still has many well-maintained period paintings.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for Historical Society members. They can be purchased in advance at the Flavel House Visitors Center, 714 Exchange St., Astoria, or by calling (503) 325-2203. Picnic lunches are $6.50 each.

For more information about this event or other Clatsop County Historical Society activities, call (503) 325-2203 or e-mail

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