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Victorian Christmas tour, tea slated in Parkersburg

The Dils-Joseph House will be among stops Dec. 7-8 during the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

PARKERSBURG — The annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea will be Dec.7-8 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.

The homes featured this year will include: the Marion House, 1100 Ann St.; the Gerwig House, 127 13th St.; Dils-Joseph House, 1103 Juliana St.; Boreman-Harris-Florence House, 1109 Ann St.; and Caswell-Smith House, 1024 Juliana St.

On Dec. 7, the guided tours and teas 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 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the church. The Candlelight Tour will be 5:30 p.m.

The Caswell-Smith House at 1024 Juliana St. in a frequent stop on the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 7-8 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

On Dec. 8, the home tours will be self-guided from 1-5 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 Boreman-Harris-Florence House at 1109 Ann St. is part of the Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 7-8 in Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

Contact Wayne Towner at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

The Gerwig House at 127 13th St. in Parkersburg will be part of the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 7-8 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

The Marion House at 1100 Ann St. is part of the Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 7-8 in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

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