Christmas Candlelight Tour to feature 14 homes
Thursday, December 13, 2018
EDENTON — Fourteen homes are featured on the 37th annual Christmas Candlelight Tour that will be held in Edenton Friday and Saturday.
Besides the homes that are decorated for Christmas, several businesses and nonprofit agencies will be open to visitors during the tours, which will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
Homes on the tour include:
* 104 W. King Street. Once the law office of North Carolina Gov. James Iredell Jr. (circa 1802), the structure is now the home of Judge Chris Bean and his wife. Christmas accents showcase the home’s classic interiors.
* 106 W. King Street. Built in 1851, the house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Wood Farless.
* 114 W. King Street: A former bank building built in 1810 is now known as Beverly Hall and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Dixon. The house contains a mix of historic features and classic Christmas decor. Also on the property is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lane, which is also part of this year’s tour.
* 115 W. King Street. Home to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Creighton, the Colonial style (circa 1820) home includes a dining room decorated for Christmas entertaining. This is the 33rd Christmas Candlelight Tour coordinated by Mrs. Creighton for the Edenton Historical Commission.
* 121 W. King Street. Known as Pembroke Hall, new owner Vince Burgher has opened the Greek-Revival home’s current interiors to visitors for the first time. The residence is on the National Register of Historic Places.
* 101 Blount Street. Built in the 1840s, the one-time ice house is owned by Tully Ryan.
* 103 Blount Street. Owned by Anne Rowe, the house is decorated with Christmas trees that begin at the front door and continue throughout the house. The trees are different sizes and colors.
*107 Blount Street. Built in 1969, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warmack is the newest home on the tour. The home showcases art, sculpture and gardens — all with a Christmas touch.
* 109 Blount Street. Mr. and Mrs. Faison Winborne, who recently moved to the home from Raleigh, are first-time tour participants. Native greenery and traditional Christmas flowers are arranged throughout.
* 108 Blount Street. Built in 1772 and known as the West Customs House, the home is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sellers.
* 115 Blount Street. Linda Shields’ home is full of traditional Colonial Christmas accents, including her front door wreath and rosemary trees scattered throughout.
* 117 Blount Street. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gandee recently purchased and renovated the home, which is on the tour for the first time. Mrs. Gandee will playing Christmas music for tour attendees on a grand piano.
* 203 Blount Street. The home owned by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bergeron includes Christmas-decorated interiors and Louisiana football paraphernalia in the family room.
Besides the homes on the tour, the following will also be open during the event:
* The Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library on Water Street.
* The Chowan Arts Council will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Council members will be serving cookies and treats. Karen Gilbert, author of “Mystery at the Manger,” part of the Rufus T. Rouse series, will be signing copies of her book in the gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nature artist Elizabeth Corsa also will be on hand. .
* The Cupola House Wassail Bowl will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
* The Iredell House Homesite Groaning Board will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days of the tour. The Colonial-era home will feature traditional Christmas decor, music and holiday desserts.
* The 1767 Chowan County Courthouse will be open for caroling at 6 p.m. Friday.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the days of the tour. Tickets are available at the Penelope Barker House, 505 S. Broad St., Edenton, or by calling 482-7800 or by visiting ehcnc.org/christmas.