Julia-Ann Square Historic District to host Victorian Tour

Photo by Wayne Towner The Caswell-Smith House at 1024 Juliana St. is a staple during the holiday home tours in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will be holding a series of programs to celebrate the holiday season.

“Tour, Tea and Treasures, a Victorian Tour of Homes and Antique Show” will be today through Sunday featuring a mixture of home tours, antique shows and other activities.

Tickets for the various events will be available at the Wade-Webb Mansion at 1034 Ann St., designated outlets or by reservations. More information is available by calling Judith Smith at 304-488-8729. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday afternoon Self-Guided Tour of Homes will be available at the featured homes during the designated hours of the tours.

Due to the age and structures of the home in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District, most homes are unable to be handicap accessible, including the Wade-Webb Mansion.

“Tour, Tea and Treasures” is an expansion of the long-time holiday home tours offered by the Julia-Ann Square Historic District. This year’s featured tour homes will include: 1034 Ann Street, 1025 Juliana Street, 1024 Juliana Street, and 1214 Ann Street.

TODAY

* 6-9 p.m.: Champagne Preview Reception at the Wade-Webb Mansion at 1034 Ann St., sponsored by the Blennerhassett Hotel. Tickets and reservations are $100 to benefit the district.

An exclusive ticket allows the holder to sip and savor while viewing vintage Christmas ornaments, furniture, furnishings, decor, clothing, jewelry and period wares presented by dealers from across the area. The third floor ballroom will feature vignette performances by the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet.

The ticket includes a carriage ride by the Hardly Able Carriage Company available throughout the evening. The ticket also includes admittance to the Julia-Ann Square tour of homes. This is a self-guided tour of historic homes within walking distance on either Saturday from 1- 5 p.m. or Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

FRIDAY

* 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Antique Show and Art Exhibition will be presented by resident Mike Penn at the Wade-Webb Mansion. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a Saturday or Sunday Tour of Homes ticket.

* 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Luncheon, by reservation only and prepared by Valley Catering. The Friday-only event will introduce what organizers hope will become the district’s signature beverage, “The Julia-Ann,” a non-alcoholic refresher blended of apples, cranberries, and spices.

* 6-8 p.m.: Lamp Lighting Processional with hundreds of lanterns to be lit throughout the district.

* Carriage rides by the Hardly Able Carriage Company will continue all day and evening — except during the Lamp Lighting Processional — at a cost of $10 per person.

SATURDAY

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Antique Show and Art Exhibition by Penn will continue at the Wade-Webb Mansion. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a Saturday or Sunday Tour of Homes ticket.

* Carriage rides by the Hardly Able Carriage Company continues all day and evening at a cost of $10 per person.

* 1-5 p.m.: The annual Julia-Ann Square Historic District Self-Guided Victorian Tour of Homes and Tea, with the tea served in the Wade-Webb Mansion. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the featured homes the day of the event.

* 6-8 p.m.: The Candlelight Tour of Homes and Tea will feature visitors escorted by guides in period attire. Tickets are $20. The Candlelight Tours will meet at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Juliana St., at 5:30 p.m. for tour group assignments.

SUNDAY

* 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Antique Show and Art Exhibition will continue at the Wade-Webb Mansion. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a Saturday or Sunday Tour of Homes ticket.

* 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Sunday Brunch will be available at the Wade-Webb Mansion, by reservation only, prepared by Valley Catering.

* Carriage rides by the Hardly Able Carriage Company continues all day at a cost of $10 per person.

* 1-4 p.m.: The Julia-Ann Square Historic District Self-Guided Victorian Tour of Homes and Tea, with the tea served in the Wade-Webb Mansion. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the featured homes the day of the event.

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