Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

November 22, 2011

Need holiday decorating ideas or simply want to admire great architecture and interior design? Be inspired at the 31st Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th from 6-9 pm, sponsored by The Old House Guild of Sandusky. Four private homes will be featured as well as Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Harlequins Theatre, Follett House Museum, and Eleutheros Cooke House. Each will be artfully and skillfully decorated for the season.

1. Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne Street – Built in 1834-1837 by one of Sandusky’s most prominent citizens, it is of Greek Revival style in limestone. It is filled with Sandusky and area memorabilia. Punch and cookies will be served both nights of the tour.

2. Eleutheros Cooke House, 1415 Columbus Avenue – Built by Sandusky’s first lawyer in 1843-1844 and moved to its present location in 1878. Greek Revival architecture in limestone with an especially fine doorway, it contains the furnishings and collections of the last owners, Estelle and Randolph Dorn, circa 1950s.

3. Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 334 Columbus Avenue – This is the oldest German heritage congregation in Sandusky. Initially organized in 1844, the church occupied a building where Adams Jr. High School stands today. The current building was built in 1866 as part of an agreement between the church and the school district.

4. Harlequins Theatre, 414 Wayne Street (rear) – Originally built as the coach house for the Moss and Follett Estates in the mid 1800s. The theatre leased the space in 1944 mainly for storage. The first production was held in 1958. Harlequins was founded in 1927 and is the “Oldest Continuously Running Community Theatre in the State of Ohio.” Discover scrapbooks, pictures, and articles from the past as well as a collection of costumes and props.

5. M/M William Hill, 631 Wayne Street – This house was built by business man John Boalt during the Civil War. The home was heated by fireplace only and contained not one bathroom.

6. John & Jennifer Chapman, 810 Wayne Street – History of the property dates back to 1838, however the house currently on the property was built in 1867. Originally heated with numerous fireplaces, it was one of the first homes to be heated with hot water heat.

7. Michael Young, 718 Sycamore Line – The property was originally owned by Oran Follett until 1848. Construction on the house began in 1869, featuring tall ceilings, an arched double doorway, tin dining room ceiling, and more. Every room in the house has recently been updated and remodeled. Mr. Young has a collection of nautical decor on display and during the month of December, the front out the house is decorated numerous lights synchronized to music.

8. Barbara Fox, 1318 Waverly Road – Not much in known on the exact history of this house, however it was built in 1937 and contains the original beamed ceilings in the living room and dining area. The Christmas season has always been a favorite of Barbara’s and you will see that through the variety of decorations in her house.

Tickets are available at the following locations: Bailey’s Country Shoppe, Barnes Nursery (Huron), Cooke House, Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, Flowerama, The Follett House Museum and Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – East.

Tickets will also be available the nights of the Tour at The Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St., Sandusky, Ohio.

For more information please contact The Old House Guild office at 419.627.0640.

Tip: Bring a bag! Guests are often asked to remove their shoes while touring a home. A bag makes handy storage and allows you to exit without returning to the entrance to retrieve your footwear. Also, dress in light layers – you don’t want to carry heavy coats with you.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Sandusky’s finest “homes for the holidays!”

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