Historic Staunton Foundation’s 42nd Annual Holiday House Tour – ‘Adapting Historic Places to the 21st Century’

Christmas 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

Historic Staunton Foundation’s Annual Holiday House Tour is one of the most popular holiday events in the city. Hundreds participate in the event each year as they tour stately and restored homes while taking in the historic architectures of the area.

This year’s tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, and $30 per person day of tour.

Tours will include the following:

  • Saturday, December 6, from 5-8pm – Candlelight Tour of Homes
  • Sunday December 7, from 1-5pm – Afternoon Tour of Homes
  • Sunday 1:30-2:30pm – Held in the historic VSDB Chapel, a special presentation by renowned architectural historian, Calder Loth
  • Sunday Only 2:30-5:00 Enjoy touring the historic campus of VSDB, interpretation provided.

This year’s theme, “Adapting Historic Places to the 21st Century,” shows off the architecture of homes in the East Beverley Street neighborhood. From the Historic Staunton Foundation website:

Carved from neighboring farms, East Beverley Street homes were developed after the 1840s along the new road leading to Virginia’s School for the Deaf and the Blind. East Beverley Street is a treasure of major architectural movements and stylistic influences of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Grand homes along the winding street range from early 19th century Greek Revival, mid-century Gothic Revival, late 19th century Victorian Queen Anne and Stick Styles, to early 20th century Colonial Revival intended as a reflection of late 18th century Georgian style. The homes are set within a beautiful hillside landscape where gardens are held by walls of large limestone blocks and framed by ornate iron fences. Nestled among mature trees, boxwoods and yews, winding brick paths lead to porches where beautiful homes can be discovered.

The schedule this year includes candlelight tours on Saturday:

Saturday, December 6, 5-8PM – Candlelight tour of the following sites:

① 305 E. Beverley Street
② 317 E. Beverley Street
③ 414 E. Beverley Street
④ 422 E. Beverley Street
⑤ 521 E. Beverley Street

Sunday, December 7, 1-5pm:

Tour of above sites PLUS tour of select sites on ⑥ Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind campus and lecture by architectural historian Calder Loth on VSDB’s Greek Revival Main Building and its architect, Robert Cary Long, Jr. (1:30pm)

Check the website for detailed information about the houses on the tour. A tradition continues….

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