By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – Visitors will have the chance to lose themselves in thoughts of holiday decorations as the Elkin Theatre and South Monroe County Community Fund host the Holiday Home Tour Sunday, Dec. 8.
The tour features homes of more modern and antebellum architecture and a fitting plethora of decorative designs to accompany.
“One of the homes is in this issue of Mississippi Magazine and one of the owners of another house has told us eversince she moved in that she wants to participate,” said Bob Seymour, president of the Elkin Theatre board of directors.
Sunset Hill, 803 W. Commerce St., is owned by Dr. John and Becky McCown. The home’s claim to fame is that Reuben Davis, who was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, a colonel in the Mexican-American War and a brigadier general in the Civil War, resided there with his second wife, Sally Garbor.
Becky describes the home’s holiday theme as a color scheme with some rooms pasted in everything from traditional colors to hot pink. The McCowns also have a variety of different sized Christmas trees and live greenery.
The Old Homestead, 503 S. Commerce St., is owned by Caius and Linda Dodd. Built in 1852, the home has two identical facades facing Commerce and Long streets.
“I can describe our decorations as a winter wonderland. The focus will be on nativity scenes rather than secular scenes,” Linda said.
The home of Phil and Mary Nichols, 306 Club Park Dr., was built in 1979 and sits in a subdivision backdrop.
“It’s definitely non-Victorian or antebellum. We have a Christmas tree in every room and a very large snowman collection,” Mary said.
The different shapes and sizes of trees include traditional, ceramic and a bride’s tree among several other styles.
Being a joint effort between the Elkin Theatre and the SMCCF, profits from the tour will go toward paying off a loan for a new projector at the nonprofit theatre and investments towards grants awarded annually to local nonprofit organizations.
Tickets are $20 ahead of time at the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau, the Aberdeen office of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Elkin Theatre during business hours, Aberdeen Flower & Gift Shop or from any board member from the Elkin or SMCFF. Tickets are also available for $25 at each home the day of the tour.
The tour is from 1 until 4 p.m. Dec. 8 with a reception to follow at the Elkin Theatre from 4 until 5 p.m.
The Holiday Home Tour is sponsored by the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau, Axiall, Allmond Printing, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe Journal, BancorpSouth, Cadence Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan and Renasant Bank.