Julia-Ann Square Historic District tour to start Thursday

Photo by Wayne Towner The Caswell-Smith House, at 1024 Juliana St., is a staple during the annual 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 Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 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 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.

Photo by Wayne Towner The Shaffer home, at 1025 Juliana St., is a staple during the annual holiday home tours in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg.

Some of the activities require reservations, which can be made by calling Smith at 304-488-8729. Details and pricing for the lunch on Nov. 30 and the brunch on Dec. 2 are still being determined.

* The first activities will be Nov. 29.

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

Early admission to the antique show will be held throughout the historical home.

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.

Photo by Wayne Towner The Wade-Webb Mansion, at 1034 Ann St., will be a featured part of “Tour, Tea and Treasures, a Victorian Tour of Homes and Antique Show” from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District. The home will be feature an antique show and art exhibit each day of the event, along with other activities.

The third floor ballroom will feature vignette performances by the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet, a district fixture in residence at the Willard-Nash Elementary School, c. 1895-c. 1901. 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 Dec. 1 from 1- 5 p.m. or Dec. 2 from 1-4 p.m.

* Several activities are planned for Nov. 30.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., an 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.

A luncheon, by reservation only and prepared by Valley Catering, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

Photo by Wayne Towner The Leach-Nicholson House, at 1214 Ann St., will also be part of the “Tour, Tea and Treasures, A Victorian Tour of Homes and Antique Show.”

Another new feature will be the Lamp Lighting Processional from 6-8 p.m. Hundreds of lanterns will be lit throughout the district and can be viewed at no cost.

The processional will begin at the district entrance at Ninth and Juliana streets at 6 p.m. headed by period lamplighters and joined by district residents dressed in period finery riding in carriages, strolling carolers and musicians. The processional will travel the length of the district and will end at the bottom of Ann Street.

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.

* The activities continue on Dec. 1.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the 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.

The annual Julia-Ann Square Historic District Self-Guided Victorian Tour of Homes and Tea will be 1-5 p.m., 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.

From 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.

* The final day of activities will be Dec. 2.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 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.

From 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.

The Julia-Ann Square Historic District Self-Guided Victorian Tour of Homes and Tea will be 1-4 p.m., 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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