SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The biennial "Gems of South Orange" House Tour returns on Saturday, October 14, with a tour of eight homes. In addition, classical autos matching the vintage of the homes will be parked at the properties.

Presented by The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society (SOJPS), this year's tour will feature a "wide variety of distinctive homes built in four different centuries in years from 1787 to 2007," according to a press release from the tour organizers, which added that there will be homes "dating from the birth of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 to the debut of the iPhone in 2007."

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and begins at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) where each attendee can pick up a Guidebook/ map. There is also free parking at the NJ Transit/SOPAC parking lot, and free jitneys departing from SOPAC and stopping at every home on the tour, running in a continuous loop.

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Organizers expect about 600 visitors to participate in the home tour, which provides "docent-guided. close-up views of the décor, exteriors, furnishings, and gardens of eight special houses ranging from a post- Revolutionary expanded farmhouse to a neo-classic hybrid built in smartphone times."

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the SOHPS website at www.sohps.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 on the day of the tour. Children must be 12 or older to attend the tour.