Variety of festive themes on display for holiday home tour
ABERDEEN – Each with their own charm architecturally and seasonably, four of Aberdeen’s older homes will be open Sunday for the Holiday Home Tour. The tour reignites Aberdeen’s previous Candlelight Tour.
“What we found was that several people who wanted to do this tour don’t like to get out at night so it’s more suitable for the daytime,” said Kathy Seymour, publicity chairperson of the South Monroe County Community Fund.
The SMCCF is co-sponsoring the Holiday Home Tour with the Elkin Theatre.
As a Pilgrimage of sorts, Sunday’s home tour combines a historic feel with the Christmas season.
Built in 1916, the Rubel-Houston Home’s red and green decorations will keep consistent with its early 1900s construction. The house, built by the Rubel family and purchased years later by the Houstons, was featured three times on the Candlelight Tour.
Occupied by Abby Lann, the Hubbard House is a craftsman-style house was built in 1925 by a former postmaster and bought by Bill and Kathy Bryant in 2009.
“My decorations coincide with my personality so I’m going with a more natural feel by incorporating pine cones and Magnolia leaves into my theme,” Lann said.
ShadowLawn, owned by Bob and Kathy Seymour, was built in the 1860s by a planter from Prairie as a gift to his daughter. The Seymours have displayed collectible ornaments, several flowers, Christmas quilts, nativity scenes and Christmas trees.
Sunset Hill, owned by Dr. John and Becky McCowan, was built in 1847 and was made famous by Reuben Davis. The home is listed at the Library of Congress and hasn’t been open to the public in 15 years.
“It’s been closed for so long due to major structural problems. It’s not completely finished, but we’re at a point to where we can open it for the public,” Becky said.
Described by one family member as an explosion of Christmas, the 6,000 square foot home will mix several different color schemes and holiday themes room-by-room during the open house.
All of the homes are on Commerce Street with the exception of ShadowLawn, which is on Franklin Street.
The tour is from 1 until 4 p.m. Sunday with a reception to follow at the Elkin Theatre from 4 until 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20 and tickets at the door are $25. Tickets are available at the Elkin Theatre, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce’s Aberdeen office, the Aberdeen Visitor Bureau and Aberdeen Flower and Gifts.
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