Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes with Guest Speaker, Lady Carnarvon

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Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes with Guest Speaker, Lady Carnarvon

The Wilcox Historical Society is thrilled to share Historic Pine Apple this year at our Tour of Homes with Special Guest Lady Carnarvon.

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Moore Academy Gym Broad Street Pine Apple, AL 36768

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  • 1 day 6 hours
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Set on the Eastern Side of Wilcox County, Historic Pine Apple, Alabama, is the site of the Wilcox Historical Society's Tour of Homes , Saturday, March 25, 2023. This year's tour includes nine historic homes, two churches, and Moore Academy. Registration will be at Moore Academy, Circa 1882, all day Saturday.

All tickets holders will be provided a complimentary breakfast Saturday Morning from 8:30 am - 10:00 am at The Brittany House Antiques in Oak Hill, Alabama, eight miles from Pine Apple.

For our Royal, Golden, and Highclere Ticket Holders, the weekend starts Friday, March 24th, with our 2023 Guest Speaker, the Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle, site of the hit series "Downton Abbey." The Wilcox Historical Society and Lady Carnarvon offer a day full of royal experiences March 24. From a lovely luncheon to an exclusive champagne adorned conversation at Wakefield, you'll spend the day sharing and celebrating with Lady Carnarvon during her first visit to Alabama.


THE ROYAL PACKAGE $400 per person Only 10 tickets available

Our most exclusive option. Lady Carnarvon will share a glass of champagne and conversation at historic Wakefield Plantation, with Royal Guests prior to Friday Evening's Welcome Reception. In addition, you will receive a personalized, signed copy of her book. Cocktail Attire Required. Valet parking will be provided. The Royal Package includes:

Exclusive, Private Cocktail Party Friday 3/24 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception, The Highclere Experience Friday 3/24 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ticket to Tour of Homes, Pine Apple, AL Saturday 3/25 - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Personalized, Signed Copy of Seasons at Highclere

* The Royal Package does not include Friday Morning's Luncheon with Lady Carnarvon.

THE GOLDEN PACKAGE $300 per person Only 100 tickets available

Start your day with an exclusive luncheon where you will meet and have a photo opportunity with our guest of honor, The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon. She will open Tour Weekend with welcome remarks followed by a traditional Southern Luncheon at historic Wakefield Plantation. Golden Guests will receive a signed copy of her book Seasons at Highclere as well. The Golden Package includes:

Private luncheon and photo opportunity w/ Lady Carnarvon Friday 3/24 – 11:00 am – 1:00pm

Ticket to Tour of Homes, Pine Apple, AL Saturday 3/25-10:00 am-5:00pm

Signed Copy of Seasons at Highclere

* The Golden Package does not include Friday Evening's Welcome Reception with Lady Carnarvon.

THE HIGHCLERE PACKAGE $200 per person Only 240 tickets available

Join us for our Tour of Homes Welcome Reception at historic Wakefield Plantation, the Highclere Experience, featuring our guest speaker the Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon. She will share her experiences preserving her home Highclere Castle with a visual presentation followed by a question and answer session with Lady Carnarvon. Live music, wine, and heavy hor d'oeuvres as well as a Highclere Gin Station will add to the festivities as we toast the start of our Tour. Cocktail Attire. Valet parking will be provided. The Highclere Package includes:

Welcome Reception, The Highclere Experience Friday 3/24 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ticket to the Tour of Homes, Pine Apple, AL Saturday 3/25 - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

THE TOUR PACKAGE $50 per person 500 tickets available

Discover the beauty of Pine Apple, Alabama, Saturday, March 25th, 2023, as you explore nine beautiful homes, two historic churches, and its impressive school building, Moore Academy. During your visit you will experience stunning architecture, rich history, and quintessential Southern hospitality.

* All ticket packages include a Tour of Homes Ticket, Saturday, March 25, and a complimentary Southern Breakfast Served at The Brittany House Antiques in Oak Hill, Alabama from 8:30 am - 10:00 am Saturday Morning, 3/25.

SIGNED BOOK OPTION $50 per book Only 100 available

Lady Carnarvon will personally sign a copy of her latest book Seasons at Highclere. Take home an autographed copy as a keepsake of this special weekend. One signed book comes with the Royal & Golden Packages.


Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon, is the wife of Geordie, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. They live at Highclere Castle, known to millions around the world as “Downton Abbey.”

Lady Carnarvon is a best-selling author, an historian, an international speaker and fundraiser in the UK and abroad.   Lady Carnarvon, her husband and son live quietly with seven dogs, a number of horses and ponies, a brood of chickens, several bee hives and some rare breed pigs, amongst the normal farm animals in the farm and landscape of Highclere Castle today.

Her everyday life at Highclere varies from welcoming visitors to her home, creating events to support charities, the restoration and management of these historic buildings, gardening, filming and the marketing strategy of the Highclere brand along with global endeavors such as Highclere Castle Gin.

She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey amongst other books. Fascinated by her predecessors at Highclere Castle as well as its history, Lady Carnarvon explores the layers of history of the estate and gardens of this internationally famous home in Seasons at Highclere.

Full of lavish photographs and numerous recipes from the Castle kitchens, Seasons at Highclere, concentrates on how the estate and gardens have grown and supplied its own produce to its own community over hundreds of years, combined with her own enthusiasm for cooking for good health.

Her latest book, The Earl and the Pharaoh, is a biography of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon which looks at his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun along with Howard Carter.

Working from archives, letters and diaries, the book brings to life the story of this remarkable man and his friendship and collaboration with Howard Carter. During the arc of the biography, Lady Carnarvon relates the development of motor cars (Carnarvon was one of the earliest motorists), the story of Geoffrey de Havilland who flew his first plane from Highclere in 1910, as well as Carnarvons’ passion for horse racing and breeding.  Lord Carnarvon had sailed and travelled through much of the world but like so many of us, was drawn back to Egypt and he dedicated his work and life to the excavation and understanding of Ancient Egypt. He worked for some 16 years in the inhospitable dry sands and through much of it searching for Tutankhamun.

A love of travel and reading is part of Lady Carnarvon’s DNA. Following a degree at St Andrew’s University, she trained as a Chartered Accountant with what is now PWC.

Highclere offers both an anchor to the past as well as seeking to innovate and play a part in a modern world, with social media such as Instagram, Lady Carnarvon’s weekly blog, podcast and her latest exciting venture “Friends of Highclere”.

Lady Carnarvon's Visit has been sponsored by:

Zoe and John Hunter

Laura and Schley Rutherford

Judge William Melton

The Brittany House Antiques, Oak Hill, Alabama

National Christian Fund

Community Neighbor Bank

Gaines Ridge Supper Club, Camden, Alabama

* Highclere Castle and Lady Carnarvon Photo Credit - Adam Hillier Photography

LODGING SUGGESTIONS - We strongly suggest you make reservations EARLY as lodging options are limited.

GREENVILLE, ALABAMA - 30 minutes from Pine Apple

1. Hampton Inn, Greenville, AL

219 Interstate Dr, Greenville, AL 36037


2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Greenville, AL

100 Paul Stabler Dr, Greenville, AL 36037


3. Comfort Inn, Greenville, AL

1029 Fort Dale Rd, Greenville, AL 36037


CAMDEN, ALABAMA - 25 minutes from Pine Apple

1. Liberty Hall Bed & Breakfast - SOLD OUT

2. Capell House Bed & Breakfast - SOLD OUT

3. Pleasant Ridge Bed & Breakfast - SOLD OUT

4. Roland Cooper State Park

Roland Cooper State Park in Camden, Alabama, offers mini cabins that have been popular with Tour of Homes guests for several years.

Cabins 10, 11, 24, 31, & 40 are est. 400 sq. ft., two bedrooms, with a queen bed in one room and two sets of bunk beds in the other room. There is a full bath, kitchen, living room, and exterior deck. These cabins are located within the camping loop.

Cabins 21-1 and 22 are ADA accessible. Cabin 22 is one bedroom with two queen beds, a full bath, kitchen, and living room. Cabin 21-1 is one bedroom with one queen bed, a full bath, kitchen, and living room.

The 408 square foot cabins, sleep 4-6 people and rent for $125.00 per day and $700.00 weekly.


There are two floor plans available. Some of the cabins have two bedrooms and can sleep up to six people. There is a master bedroom with a queen bed. The other bedroom has two sets of bunks and sleeps four people.

One of the "tiny house" cabins is ADA compliant. It has one bedroom with two queen beds and has a wheelchair friendly bathroom and shower. All of the doorways are wide enough for wheelchair mobility. This cabin also has a wheelchair ramp to the main entrance.

All of the cabins have a full kitchen with a gas range, microwave oven, coffee maker and fridge with an ice maker. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans and utensils. Each have a dinette area with TV and all of the units have central heat and AC.

Reservations can be made online or by calling the office at 334-682-4838.

5. Lakeside Cabins

Lakeside RV & Cabin Rentals is located on the Camden Bypass, 25 minutes from Pine Apple. This 7 cabin/9 RV park has just added “The Hank," a 2 bedroom (queen), 2 bath, with kitchen, WIFI & cable TV.

The “Sadie”, “Kaleb”, “Brett”, & “Avery” are 1-bedroom (2 full), 1 bath cabins.

The “Sophie” is a 2 bedroom (1 queen/1 king) 1 bath with kitchen.

There are also 9 RV sites with full hook-up & WIFI, plus excellent cell service.

For reservation or information call 334-740-2005.

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