Holiday House Tour 2012: 140 West Boscawen Street

140 West Boscawen Street
Christ Episcopal Church
House Chairman Chris Ferguson

Christ Episcopal Church has been in continuous use as a sacred site in Winchester since its construction in 1828. The Gothic Revival-style building is dominated by the three-story bell tower crowned with finials and quatrefoil balustrades. A pointed-arch accented with a flower motif surrounds the double-leaf paneled wood doors. Of particular interest and beauty are the stained glass windows, installed in the late 19th century by the Gernhart Company of Baltimore.

Holiday House Tour 2012: 230 West Boscawen Street

230 West Boscawen Street
New Lifestyles
House Chairman Lawrence Belkin

Known as the George Seevers Residence or the Holly House, this circa 1854 building was designed in the Greek Revival style with Italianate influences. The brick structure combines Greek Revival-style frieze windows and pedimented doorway surround with Italianate arched windows, brick quoins, and hood molds. Union General Banks used this building as his headquarters in 1862. The building was later owned by the various members of the Conrad family from 1879-1940 before being converted to office space. Today it is the business office for New Lifestyles.

PHW Will Trim Your Bushes

Do you have some evergreen trees and bushes you need trimmed? PHW volunteers will be happy to trim them for you, and we’ll even take away the clippings! How is this possible? PHW needs fresh greenery to sell at our Bough and Dough Shop and to decorate the homes for the Holiday House Tour. This is a major part of our fundraising efforts for the Holiday House Tour and a way we can give back to the community with some sweat equity. We are especially looking for:

  • Holly with berries
  • Nandina with berries
  • Magnolia

We will also cut some white pine, spruce, juniper, and other evergreens, as well as boxwood, for the Bough and Dough Shop. If you have some of these types of trees and bushes that could use a trim, contact PHW at 540-667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net and leave your name, address, and contact information.

Click here to see the Holiday House Tour 2012 brochure (PDF).
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Holiday House Tour printing sponsor The Final Yard. Thank you for your support!

Volunteers Needed for Holiday House Tour

We are in need of a few more volunteers for the 2012 House Tour. Here’s how you can help:

Shop helpers at the Bough and Dough Shop. Helpers are needed indoors as cashiers/gofers both Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 at the Winchester Little Theatre. Saturday hours are 10AM-5PM; Sunday hours are noon-5PM. We are looking for at least one helper on Saturday and at least two for Sunday.

Docents for Saturday evening, December 8, from 6-9 PM. Docents guide visitors through the homes and point out interesting features using a prepared script. You may also be asked to check tickets. We are looking for approximately six docents for Saturday evening.

Can you help? Contact PHW at 540-667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net to be given an assignment.

Click here to see the Holiday House Tour 2012 brochure (PDF).
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Holiday House Tour sponsor OakCrest Companies. Thank you for your support!

House Tour Tickets by Mail

I hope everyone had a safe and fun day shopping for Black Friday sales. If you ran out of energy before you got your Holiday House Tour tickets at Kimberly’s, the Winchester Book Gallery, or The Final Yard, no worries! You can shop for them by mail.

The form is included in the Holiday House Tour brochure, which was mailed today. Look for it in your mailbox soon! Not on our mailing list? Contact PHW at 540-667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net to be added.

Click here to see the Holiday House Tour 2012 brochure (PDF).
Click here for a map of the Holiday House Tour 2012 sites (JPEG).

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Holiday House Tour sponsor Union First Market Bank. Thank you for your support!

Looking to Buy Holiday House Tour Tickets?

Look no further! Tickets for the 2012 tour are in hand and ready to be sold at Kimberly’s, the Winchester Book Gallery, The Final Yard, and right here:

PHW Holiday House Tour 2012 Preview Party Tickets for Saturday, December 8, 6-9 PM
Preview Party tickets are also valid on Sunday, December 9, 1-5 PM
$50/adult Discount available for PHW members; please contact PHW for more information.

PHW Holiday House Tour 2012 Advance Daylight Tickets for Sunday, December 9, 1-5 PM ONLY
$20/adult, $6/child 12 and under; children under 6 are free.

Click here to see the Holiday House Tour 2012 brochure (PDF).
Click here for a map of the Holiday House Tour 2012 sites (JPEG).

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Holiday House Tour sponsor The Cake Boutique. Thank you for your support!

Holiday House Tour Brochure and Newsletter

The latest edition of the PHW Newsletter has been mailed. Anyone can read the newsletter online now in PDF form at www.phwi.org/newsletter.php.

The Holiday House Tour 2012 Brochure is also available for viewing at the PHW website. Printed brochures go out to our PHW members and our special “Holiday House Tour” mailing list. Would you like to be on this mailing list so you can receive a brochure in the mail? Just drop us an email at phwi@verizon.net or call the office at 540-667-3577 to be added.

Don’t forget, the Holiday House Tour advance tickets are available for purchase now at Kimberly’s, the Winchester Book Gallery, The Final Yard, and www.phwi.org.

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Holiday House Tour sponsor BB&T. Thank you for your support!

Get Ready for Holiday House Tour 2012

It’s that time of the year again – Preservation of Historic Winchester is preparing for our major fundraising event, the Holiday House Tour. Homes, commercial spaces, and a church will be showing off the theme of “Traditions and Transformations” for 2012.

The Bough and Dough Shop will be held at the Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen Street. The Shop will be open December 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 9 from noon-5 p.m. Stop by for some holiday shopping and complimentary hot drinks!

Join us on Saturday, December 8 for the special kickoff event, the Candlelight Tour and the Preview Party at 15 South Washington Street from 6-9 p.m.. The daylight tours continue on Sunday, December 9 from 1-5 p.m.

Advance tickets will be available for purchase November 15 at Kimberly’s, the Winchester Book Gallery, The Final Yard, as well as the PHW office and online at www.phwi.org. Candlelight Tour and Preview Party tickets are regularly $50, $40 for PHW members. Daylight tour tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Today’s post brought to you by

Major Holiday House Tour sponsor The Adams Companies. Thank you for your support!

Holiday House Tour in July

Holiday House TourIt’s always Holiday House Tour time at PHW! Take a look at some images from Holiday House Tours past that were discovered tucked away in a long-forgotten box. Photos from “A Candlelight Christmas” tour in 1982 have been scanned so far, plus a bonus image of R. Lee Taylor’s giant confectionery castle delight from 1978.

While you’re thinking holiday thoughts, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 2012 Holiday House Tour, which will be held on December 8 and 9. We are always recruiting volunteers for the Holiday House Tour, so if you’d like to help out, please contact the PHW office at 540-667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net.

Click here to view the album on Picasa.

Another Great House Tour

We hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s event. More than 130 volunteers and property owners worked hard to put together this tour, and each person deserves a round of applause!

Thanks are also due to our primary event sponsor Wells Fargo and contributing sponsors BB&T, United Bank, Union First Market Bank, Bank of Clarke County, The Final Yard, The Old Town Development Board, and Wal-Mart for supporting this Winchester holiday tradition.

PHW is going to relax a few weeks for the winter holidays before planning the 36th tour in 2012. We’ll see you then!