PARKERSBURG – The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will showcase five historic homes during its annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Dec. 4 and 5 in Parkersburg, with most along three blocks of Juliana Street, the first of several such tours scheduled in December throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
On Dec. 4, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners will share the history of their homes, and guests will attend a lavish Victorian Tea. The cost is $15.
The Tours and Teas will begin at First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana streets at 1 and 3 p.m. with a Candlelight Tour at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 5, the tour will be self-guided from 1 to 5 p.m. and there will be no tea. The cost is $10 with children ages 10 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Proceeds will go to improvements to the Historic District. For information and reservations call 304-422-9861 or 304-485-7164. Tickets can be purchased online at www.juliannsquare.org.
This year’s tour will feature the Dils-Creel House at 1103 Juliana St., the Boreman-Bragg House at 1201 Juliana St., the Governor Stevenson-DeKlavon House at 1040 Juliana St., the Casto-Harris House at 1226 Juliana St. and the Gale-Miller House at 1312 Market St.
The Dils-Creel House, at 1103 Juliana St., was built around 1899 by the Dils family in the Colonial Greek style. It features four Corinthian columns at the entrance and the three-story home features 11 rooms, two staircases, eight fireplaces and a ballroom.
The Boreman-Bragg House at 1201 Juliana St., was purchased by Arthur Boreman, first governor of West Virginia, as a rental property and later was willed to his daughters but he never lived there himself. A copy of the lease signed by Boreman is framed and displayed in the entranceway of the home. The home is decorated for the holiday in Victorian themes.
The Governor Stevenson-DeKlavon House, at 1040 Juliana St., is still undergoing renovations by owners Jim and Julie DeKlavon. The home – once owned by West Virginia’s third governor William E. Stevenson – was on the tour last year in an earlier stage of renovation and the owners had hoped to have it completed but other projects have slowed, but not halted, the process. Visitors will be able to see some of the work that has been done and continues toward the restoration of the historic home.
The Casto-Harris House, at 1226 Juliana St., has 16 Christmas trees decorated throughout the home, with each room decorated in themes from “Santa’s workshop” and Victorian to “angel tree” and “harvest tree.”
The Gale-Miller House, at 1312 Market St., while just outside the boundary of the historic district, follows the same spirit of preserving the spirit of the home, the city of Parkersburg and the past. The home is decorated for the holidays in a mix of themes, primarily Victorian on the first floor, while the kitchen follows a country theme.
Several other holiday home tours are scheduled in Wood and Washington counties in December.
The ReStore Marietta Holiday Loft Tour will be 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Marietta.
In Belpre, the Belpre Womens Club Town and Country Holiday Tour of Homes will be 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $10 and advance tickets are available at Neff’s Country Loft and Curves of Belpre.
Tickets may also be purchased at each stop on the day of the tour. The tour will include four homes, the Farmers Castle Museum on Ridge Street and the Unicorn Wine Guild in Washington Square Plaza. Refreshments will be available at the museum and the Wine Guild.
On Dec. 12, several local homes will be featured in the 2010 Holly Trail Tour of Homes from 1 to 5 p.m. in Parkersburg and Vienna.
The GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club is organizing the tour, which also includes stops at the Parkersburg Womans Club House at 323 Ninth St., the Parkersburg Art Center at 725 Market St. and four residential homes – three in Parkersburg and one in Vienna. Admission is $8 and tickets are available at any of the homes on the day of the tour, from club members and at Hallmark in Grand Central Mall in Vienna.
The homes are: Rammy and Debbie Gold, 43 Wyndemere, Vienna; Tom and Jan Claus-Boulet, 15 Parkview Wey, Parkersburg; Julia Soja, 10 Hamlet Close, Parkersburg; and Randy Durst, 1357 Market St., Parkersburg.
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