Holiday House Tours

Join us for Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Annual Holiday House Tours!

We welcome you back to the 45th annual tour with three spectacular homes that have never been part of the tour before.

Plan an afternoon of holiday festivities at 25 West Piccadilly Street, 321 South Stewart Street, and 814 South Washington Street to see these recently-renovated architectural gems. Visit the houses on your own in any order for guided tours of these spectacularly-decorated buildings.

PHW will be following CDC guidelines at the time of the tour. Come prepared with face masks!

Tickets will go on sale starting November 15 at Kimberly’s. Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House.

More Information: www.phwi.org

Abram’s Delight Candlelight Tour

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Candlelight Tour of Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754. This event will be somewhat different from years past. Although the house will be closed, guests are invited to walk the museum grounds and view the beautiful holiday decorations that are created by local garden clubs. The 1780s log cabin will be open.

Friday, December 3:
6-8pm

Saturday, December 4:
3-7pm

Admission is Free!

Holiday Tours at Belle Grove

Belle Grove Plantation will be decorated for the holidays!

In the historic Manor House, there will be a 12-foot Christmas tree in the Parlor and area Garden Clubs will adorn each room inspired by “Timeless Tales & Verse” and featuring holiday themed literature from the years of Belle Grove’s history.

Belle Grove will be open for touring December 3 – December 30, 2021

Guided Tours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last tour 3:15 p.m.) and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. (last tour 4:15 p.m.) (On Friday, December 3, Belle Grove will not open until 2 p.m.)

Christmas by Candlelight (self-guided tours and live music): Friday and Saturdays 4-8 p.m.

Live Music Schedule
Friday, December 3, 6-8 p.m. Allen Dec, The Happy Harper
Saturday, December 4, 6-8 p.m. Elizabeth Dalton (flute) & Jason Perry (guitar)
Friday, December 10, 6-8 p.m. Deborah Balcom, Vocalist
Saturday, December 11, 6-8 p.m. Deborah Balcom, Vocalist
Friday, December 17, 6-8 p.m. Allen Dec, The Happy Harper
Saturday, December 18, 6-8 p.m. Shenandoah Strings Trio

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Museum Shop is open during all touring hours and it is the perfect place to find a unique and locally made gift!

Call (540) 869-2028 for more information.

www.bellegrove.org

Merrimint in Middletown

Come one, come All! Tour Historic Middletown, Virginia at this FREE Holiday event! Activities will take place at several venues in Middletown.

Hoffman House (7827 Main Street)
Tour the Hoffman House, , decorated in 1800’s holiday style. There will be hot cocoa and cookies. Kids can make and take free sparkly Santa Slime!

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Visit Father Christmas at The Wayside Inn. There will be caroling and storytelling by a cozy fire, face painting, and free tea and scones.

Aunt Caroline’s Cabin (corner of 1st and Church Streets)
Visit Middletown’s historic district. Tour and hear the story of Aunt Caroline’s log cabin on the corner of 1st and Church.  They will be providing hot cider and donuts.

St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street)
At Historic St. Thomas Chapel the dulcimer group “Heartstrings” will perform at 2pm.

Mount Olive Baptist Church (1893 Senseney Road)
“A JESUS Merrimint” – from 1-2:30pm
• “A Christ Mas “Praise & Praise” singing.
• “A Youthful Blessing”; in one or more of the following: (Wearing Costumes of That Season of Long Ago, Dance, Dramatic Reading and Song).
• “Our Nativity Barn” with the “The Star of Shining Wonder” atop it, … and Straw Bales (for sitting inside “Our Nativity Barn” to take pictures for your Christmas Cards this year, with your own camera / phone.
• “A Tasty Fellowship” ; (A Cup of Soup and a Cup of Cider or a Cup of Cocoa).

Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road)
Nearby Belle Grove Plantation‘s historic Manor House presents “All Creatures Great and Small.” Enjoy the tour. The winter kitchen & gift shop are open to everyone. (A small fee to tour upstairs.)

Please come enjoy all the free activities. For more information call Tess Klimm 540-247-2211

Plaid Friday Walking Tour

Looking for a fun activity to do with visiting relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday? This special Winchester history tour has a unique holiday spin!

Learn about local traditions and hear stories about Christmases past. Meet in front of the Kurtz Building (2 N. Cameron Street) on the corner of Cameron Street and Boscawen Street.

Fee: $10. Kids 12 and under are free.

Please reserve in advance by calling (540) 542-1326.