Tour features historic Newberry homes decked for the holidays

November 30, 2018

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The tour, which lasts from 4 to 8 p.m. will feature four beautiful homes decorated for the holidays as well as a wine and cheese reception at Uptown Pour.

The homes on the tour will be decked for the holidays to reflect each family’s traditions. Decorations include those from professional designers and from the homeowners themselves.

“Newberry County has beautiful homes, and this tour is the perfect chance to see some of the architectural history to be found here,” said Michelle Long, Newberry County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

One of the homes included on the tour is the Tootle home on Main Street. This home was designed by 16-year-old Earnest Summers and built by Cam Davis in 1905. Decorated in a “Winter at the Summer Home” theme, the picturesque Greek revival house will offer a whimsical, wintery production within its interior.

The second home on the tour is the Routon House, also on Main Street. This home was built in the mid 1800s, and features 13-foot ceilings with the original beadboard, candle chandeliers and a beautiful parlor and library. Agnes Routon is a devoted miniature house builder, and her craftsmanship will be on display.

The Wright-Turner home on Main Street is the third home on the tour. Built in the early 1900s, it was purchased David and Jennie Dubose in 1983. They have done extensive renovations including extending the back of the home and adding a kitchen and sunroom. The kitchen features beautiful marble counter tops and custom cabinets.

The McCaughrin House is the fourth home on the tour. It was built after the Civil War by Robert McCaughrin, the president of The Bank of Newberry. It originally faced Main Street but was moved to Crenshaw Street in the 1930s. It is a traditional four-square footprint with four equal-size rooms on the first and second floor with a central hall. The staircase is of a cantilevered design. The fireplaces and parquet flooring are original to the home. A collection of English flow-blue china is displayed throughout the home.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling the Newberry Chamber of Commerce at 803-276-4274 or the Newberry Opera House at 03-776-6264 or online at newberrycountychamber.com.

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