Holiday home tours slated in Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre

Photo by Wayne Towner Christ United Methodist Church, at the corner of 16th Street and St. Marys Avenue in Parkersburg, will be one of the stops on the 2016 Holly Trail Tour of Homes being hosted Dec. 4 by the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club.

PARKERSBURG — A pair of holiday home tours will be featured in Parkersburg and Vienna on the first weekend of December as the holiday season rolls on.

For a second year, a holiday driving tour highlighting home decorations will be featured in Belpre as well.

* In Parkersburg, the Julia-Ann Square Historic District will showcase several historic homes decorated for the season during the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 3 and 4.

On Dec. 3, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners will share the history of their homes and guests will attend a Victorian Tea as part of the event. Admission is $15. The tours and teas will begin at First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana streets at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.,, with the Candlelight Tour at 6 p.m. Tour-goers should arrive at least 30 minutes early.

On Dec. 4, self-guided tours will be offered from 1-4 p.m. and admission is $10. There will be no tea and tickets will be sold at each house.

Photo by Wayne Towner The Caswell-Smith House at 1024 Juliana St. will be featured in the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 3 and 4 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg.

This year’s tour stops include: Van Winkle-Zelner House, 1209 Ann St.; Caswell-Smith House, 1024 Juliana St.; Crawford-West Virginia Baptist Convention House, 1019 Juliana St.; Smith-Knapp House, 1125 Juliana St.; Leach-Nicholson House, 1214 Ann St.; and Brown-Youngstrom House, 1027 Ann St.

On both days children ages 10 and under are admitted free accompanied by an adult. This year Father Christmas will be visiting one of the homes. Tickets can be purchased online at juliannsquare.org. For more information and reservations, call 304-422-9861.

Proceeds from the event go toward improvements to the historic district.

* With home stops in Parkersburg and Vienna, the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will present Holly Trail 2016 from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

In a change for this year’s tour, Holly Trail visitors will be able to vote on their favorite home featured on the tour.

Tickets are $8 in advance from club members and $10 on the day of the tour at any location. Information and tickets are also available by calling 304-422-3472 or 740-423-0368.

The Holly Trail tour stops will include: Cody and Allie Alfred, 1212 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Joey Boggess, 1315 Washington Ave., Parkersburg (Old Henry Logan Children’s Home); Randy and Kelita Deems, 2004 19th St., Parkersburg; Sarah Witte, 3400 Foley Dr., Parkersburg; Jim and Jo Sams, 210 36th St., Vienna; and Christ United Methodist Church, 16th Street and St. Marys Avenue, Parkersburg.

The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club House at 323 Ninth St. in downtown Parkersburg will also be a stop on the tour. Visitors can enjoy refreshments served by club members and vote on the People’s Choice award at the club house.

* In Belpre, the second annual GFWC Belpre Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour will kick off Dec. 4 and run through Dec. 10.

After a successful first year with an outdoor decorating contest, entries will be judged in the second year of the contest. The public is invited to tour the community in the evening hours and select the best decorated from the 38 participating homes.

Tour books containing an easy-to-follow, sequential list of the addresses are on sale for $5 at the Civitan Park Gingerbread House from 6-8 p.m. every day and at Bob’s Market and Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce during business hours until Dec. 10.

The ballot is included in the back of each tour book. Each touring vehicle is entitled to one ballot. Judging takes place from 6-10 p.m. Dec 4-10. Ballots should be dropped off at the Holiday Party from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Belpre Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded to the homes with the most popular votes.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, the Belpre High School Handbell Choir and a Christmas carol sing-along with the Belpre High School Choir and refreshments during the Dec. 11 party. The tour is the Belpre Woman’s Club largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds go to the community improvement projects and the club’s scholarship fund for Belpre students.

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