Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea to be held
PARKERSBURG — The annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea will be Dec. 2-3 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg.
Five historic homes in the district will be featured on the tour, which have been decorated for the holiday season in a variety of styles, from period to modern.
Proceeds from the annual tour and other activities in the district throughout the year are used for improvements to the Historic District, said tour chair Judith Smith.
On Dec. 2, the tours will be $15 per person with tickets available at First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana streets, where the tours begin. Visitors will be escorted by guides in period attire. During the tour, homeowners will share the history of their homes and guests will attend a Victorian Tea. The Tours and Teas will begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana streets, with the Candlelight Tour at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 3, the home tours will be self-guided from 1-4 p.m. and there is no tea. The cost is $10 with tickets available at any of the homes on the tour.
On both days, children 10 and under are admitted free accompanied by an adult. This year, Father Christmas will be visiting Julia-Ann Square.
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.juliannsquare.org.
For information or reservations, contact 304-422-9861.
Julia-Ann Square is a community of approximately 125 homes, primarily built from the mid-1800s through 1900-1915. The entire district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. It features various architecture styles, including late Victorian, Colonial Revival and many examples of Queen Anne architecture.
The homes on this year’s holiday tour will include: the Nelly-Dyck House at 1024 Ann St.; the Caswell-Smith House at 1024 Juliana St.; the Dils-Creel House at 1103 Juliana St.; the Scott-Rodersheimer/Quispe House at 1111 Juliana St.; and the Leach-Nicholson House at 1214 Ann St.
* In Belpre, the third annual GFWC Belpre Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour will kick off Dec. 2 and run through Dec. 9.
Tour book sales begin Nov. 24 at Civitan Park, Unicorn Wine Guild, and Bob’s Market in Belpre. Voting ends at the Community Christmas Party from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Belpre Senior Center. The tour books contain the address of homes in the contest and a ballot to vote for favorites.
The party will feature music by the Belpre High School Choir and Handbell Choir, along with refreshments, a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds will be used to provide a $1,000 scholarship for a BHS senior who pursues a career in the medical field.
* In Marietta, the annual Holiday Loft Tour will be 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2 in downtown Marietta.
Tickets are $15 online at mariettamainstreet.org and $20 at the door for the tour, which offers visits to upper-floor businesses and residences around downtown Marietta.
There will be 10 tour stop locations in Harmar Village, Front Street, Second Street and Putnam Street, along with four bonus locations.
* In Parkersburg, the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will present its 2017 Holly Trail Tour of Homes in an expanded format.
The 50th Holly Trail Christmas Tour of Homes will be two days this year, running from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Eight homes in Vienna and Parkersburg and the Woman’s Club House at 323 Ninth St., Parkersburg, will be featured.
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Crown Florals in Parkersburg or at any stop on the tour. Ticketholders can visit all of the homes on either day, or split the visits between both days.
The homes on this year’s “Golden Tour” include: Riccobene, 378 Ridge Road, Parkersburg; McClung, 1433 22nd St., Parkersburg; Blackburn, 2000 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Kunk, 1701 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; McKinnis, 39 Wyndemere Drive, Vienna; Modesitt, 1703 Park Ave., Parkersburg; Nelson, 1355 Market St., Parkersburg; and Smith, 1024 Juliana St., Parkersburg.