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Fort Benning spouses open homes for a public tour

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - For some in the Valley, Fort Benning is more than soldiers and training.  It is home.  A group of Army spouses opened their houses to our community for the first time.  It was all apart of a tour of homes on Fort Benning.

In the Army, on Fort Benning, and in the Valley Major General Robert Brown is held in high esteem.  But, for now, the focus was on his house, Riverside. 

It built in 1909 was originally an old meeting house that was moved on logs to where it sits today.  That is where the owner, Arthur Bussey, renovated the home to its now 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Major General Brown's wife, Patti, at the tour showing people where she, her husband, and their family live day-in and day-out.  During the tour, she relived the first time she saw the historic home.

"My husband drove past Riverside, and I just was absolutely awe struck.  It's an amazing place to live and I think you get a sense of history almost every day," said Brown.

Brown told News Leader Nine she wanted to share that history.  That is why she opened her home for the Tour of Homes on Fort Benning, a tour of ten homes around post meant to give the community a sense of what it is like to live the life of an Army family.

"I feel that the Columbus community has been so supportive of us since we got here let alone soldiers and families.  It's just one small thing that we can do to help give back," said Brown.

All the proceeds earned from the day's events go to scholarships and donations for nonprofit organizations.  Browns said helping to raise those funds and getting to know the community are the reasons why she loves opening Riverside to the public.

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