Dear Honan House Host or Hostess:

Thank you so much for volunteering to serve as a Host or Hostess in the Petry-Honan house during
this year’s annual pilgrimage. I am sending you this welcome letter to introduce myself as the Chairperson of the Petry-Honan home for the upcoming Pilgrimage and to give you some very important information.

Attached you will find a copy of the Pilgrimage Host and Hostess Guidelines. This guideline, as well as a wealth of other information, may be found at the Honans’ pilgrimage web site at If you have any questions about your participation in the Pilgrimage, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We are having an important orientation meeting for all Hosts and Hostesses who have not worked in the Honan home before on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at 2:00 PM and again at 3:00 PM at the Honan house. Please mark your calendar now and let me know which time you will be attending!

The Petry-Honan house is very unique for many reasons. Some of its outstanding features are as follows:
• Built circa 1868, it has been occupied by the family since 1876. This is far longer than any other home on the Eufaula Pilgrimage Tour of Homes. Having the same family in the home for over 130 years has resulted in a treasure trove of antique furnishings, clothing and documents being preserved in the home, and put on display during the Pilgrimage.
• It is the only home in Eufaula that still has its original detached kitchen intact.
• With its one of a kind “tank room” under the eaves, it was one of the first, if not the first, home in Eufaula to have running water.
• The Petry-Honan home has a tradition of all of its Hosts and Hostesses wearing period attire. This is the only home on the tour that does this. It creates a special atmosphere that the Pilgrims really enjoy.
• No other private home on the tour has the extensive collection of Barbour County and Eufaula family history that you find in the Petry-Honan home. Terry’s family settled in Barbour County in 1818, the year before Alabama became a state, and in Irwinton (now known as Eufaula) in 1840.

It is a tradition for all of the Hosts and Hostesses at the Petry-Honan house to wear period attire. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that you have to go out and make a major investment in period clothing. With a minimum of effort, you can easily assemble an outfit from a combination of items you have at home. See the attached information about men’s and women’s pilgrimage attire. You can also access this information online at the Honan website listed above.

In addition, Anmarie and Terry Honan have been assembling a collection of ladies and mens clothes and accessories for their Hosts and Hostesses to wear during their shifts. You may call Anmarie, 687-2615, to arrange a time to look at these items. They are reserved on a “first come-first serve” basis, so call her now!

We are making a concerted effort to recruit more men to be Hosts this year. There are currently twenty men working as Hosts and we are looking for more. Please contact me if you know of anyone that can work as a Host or Hostess.

As a special bonus, beginning at 5:01 PM immediately after the pilgrimage ends, the Honans are having a “Thank Goodness the Pilgrimage is Over!” wine and cheese party at their home for all the Hosts and Hostesses and their spouse or guest. This is a wonderful time to meet all the other volunteers who have come together to make this Pilgrimage the best one yet, and a way for the Honans to thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Please contact me or the Honans and let us know if you will be attending so that we have a head count as to how many will be there.

Our goal is to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved! Thanks again for volunteering to help.


Connie Taylor
House Chairperson