Residents living along a ‘dream drive’

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 23, 2001

What is a &uot;dream drive&uot;? Ask residents along Washington Street. Film crews for Home & Garden television are in town this week filming several homes along the street for the upcoming season of the show, now in its second season.

&uot;Dream Drives&uot; producer Kim Hadhazy said her team defines dream drives like Washington Street as signature streets lined with houses usually built around the turn of the century that combine both beauty and history.

In previous seasons, the show has profiled such streets as Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., Common Road in Boston, St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans and Atlanta’s West Paces Ferry.

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Natchez was chosen from a list of cities nationwide, because it holds both beauty and history – and it boasts such varied architectural styles, Hadhazy said.

As for the houses along Washington Street, &uot;They seem to represent the charm, hospitality and grandeur of the South in a very quiet way,&uot; she said.

Hadhazy and company have experienced that Southern hospitality first-hand. She said Thursday people had been stopping by the sets all day to chat, and several of the residents came outside to offer cold drinks and refreshments.

&uot;By far, this is the friendliest town we’ve been in so far,&uot; she said.

Hadhazy and a videographer arrived in Natchez Tuesday and will be chronicle three homes along Washington Street through Saturday, including Green Leaves, Glen Auburn and the home of Robert and Bettina Barnes at 705 Washington St.

On Thursday, they toured Glen Auburn and interviewed owner Ann Tillman.

&uot;They just want to know what it’s like to live on Washington Street, what it’s like to live in this house,&uot; Tillman said.

Film crews are not new to Tillman who was featured along with neighbor Virginia Morrison of Green Leaves along with their homes on an past edition of &uot;Good Morning, America.&uot;

&uot;It’s fun to share Natchez with people who are interested in it and who appreciate it,&uot; Tillman said.

Also part of the episode on Natchez, set to air sometime in late summer or early fall, will be a feature on Spring Pilgrimage and several scenic shots from around downtown, Hadhazy said.

The show airs Fridays at 9:30 CST on HGTV.