Historic Home Christmas Tour

Last week I went on a Christmas tour of homes in one of the old towns nearby.  The plan was that, since most of the houses were in the Historic District, we would walk from house to house.

Lo and behold, the drought we’ve been in since September ended as we were leaving the first house, catching everyone without an umbrella and the weather forecaster with egg on his face.

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The homeowners were most gracious, allowing us to leave on our shoes and to take photos.  Most of the houses were built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s and are on the Historic Register.  They have been lovingly restored and were lovely places to visit, but I don’t think I’d like to dust there.

This homeowner was a quilter.  This bedroom was quite Christmasy with the matching red velvet draperies.   I wonder if it’s still Christmasy in the spring, or if she changes it with the seasons.  It was just off the living room.

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Since I have fabric stacked in plastic bins on a shelf in the garage, THIS impressed me more than the quilt.  Someone this organized probably has a husband who can sit down without being on the alert for stray pins or knitting needle.   Dearly Beloved has explained such dangers in excruciating detail.

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Remember chenille?

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Shelves around the ceiling were a feature in several homes, perhaps to compensate for the lack of closets and storage spaces.

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All the homes had bathtubs, of course, in rooms that may have formerly been bedrooms.

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Beadboard was common, sometimes partially stripped, as in these photos.

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Fireplaces in almost every room meant mantels to be decorated…

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Enough with the Christmas decor, in the next post I’ll show some of the pretty and the pretty odd.  I’ll get busy right away.

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4 thoughts on “Historic Home Christmas Tour

  1. NCMountainwoman

    I love these old homes with the solid wood and fireplaces. I do remember the chenille bedspreads and waking up from a nap with the design imprinted on my cheeks. Sorry you got caught in the rain.

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