2012-11-22 / Front Page

Historic re-enactors to bring history to life during Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 7-8

The Christmas Tour of Homes and Dinner the weekend of December 7-8 will, for the first time, show off not only classic old Washington- Wilkes homes decorated for the season, but also boast a historic Candlelight Tour Friday night with living history re-enactors bringing life to Christmas past.

Re-enactors will greet visitors at the Robert Toombs House, the Washington Historical Museum, the Mary Willis Library, and Washington Presbyterian Church. Vistors can sample delicious reception treats using period recipes in the kitchen of General and Mrs. Robert Toombs’ home, along with their grandchildren nieces and nephews. Dr Joel Abbot’s grandson will tell of the connection between the Washington Presbyterian Church and his grandfather Dr. Joel Abbot. The Colley family will celebrate Miss Kathleen Colley’s acceptance to the position of librarian of the Mary Willis Library.

That same night, Christmas at Callaway will see three historic homes carefully done up in 18th- and 19th-century Christmas d├ęcor. In addition, Callaway Plantation will host Mrs. Santa Claus, who will be receiving all Christmas requests at during the Christmas Tour Friday, December 7, from 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. “Because of the high demand of great kids in this area, please come to Callaway Plantation and let Mrs. Claus know exactly what you desire for Christmas,” curator Olivia Jackson said.

On Saturday, visitors can tour private homes in the Town and Country Day Tour, Champagne Reception, and Southern Dinner. Tickets for Friday are $30, as is the Saturday tour. The reception and dinner are $65. The premier ticket, at $85, includes all of the above plus the Candlelight Tour as well.

Adding to the holiday excitement that weekend will be the second annual Christmas Parade of Lights, said Jenny Clarke, executive director of the Washington- Wilkes Chamber of Commerce. “Set for Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m, the Christmas Parade of Lights will coincide with the Christmas Tour of Homes and the second Candlelight Shopping on The Square and Snowing on The Square,” Clarke said. “The first Parade of Lights last year was a tremendous success in bringing people to town, and we expect this year’s parade to be bigger and better in every way. The whole atmosphere of the Parade of Lights made both residents and visitors alike feel nostalgic for Christmas past. It’s just having downtown lit up for the holidays with special shopping and snowing that appealed to people. ”

Snowing on The Square will continue every Friday night in December, with snowfall guaranteed to fall on Washington’s square at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

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