Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The holiday season has arrived, and the Friends of the Georgetown Library have planned another festive Yuletide Tour of Homes for Saturday, December 7, from 1 to 6 p.m.
This year’s tour offers several sites that have never been featured on the tour before, including a widespread sampling of homes from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, as well as four beautiful church sanctuaries, an historic outdoor kitchen, and the popular Stewart-Parker House, which will be ornamented for the occasion by the Georgetown Garden Club.
The stately antebellum home at 417 Prince Street is one of the oldest homes on the tour, dating back to 1790.
When William Cuttino, a master builder, acquired a large lot on Prince Street, he divided the parcel into two equal pieces of property and built similar houses on each piece of land. This home is one of those houses, and it still retains the magnificent architectural detail which its builder supplied.
‘Prince Street Bungalow’
Termed “The Prince Street Bungalow,” the house at 721 Prince Street is a charming example of early 20th century architecture.
According to Sanborn maps, there was a different structure at the same location dating back to 1884, but the present dwelling with its porch extending across the front of the house is estimated to have been built a bit later.
Refurbished, charming home
Dating around 1912, and recently refurbished, the charming home at the corner of Prince and King streets will offer three floors of holiday finery for tour-goers to enjoy. With a beautifully decorated wrap-around porch and exterior tree, and a tastefully adorned interior, it is sure to be a favorite.
This year’s tour chairman, Kevin Jayroe, is excited about the variety of homes which are being offered.
“Georgetown’s historic district has so many beautiful styles of homes from different periods, and what better time to see them than when they are attractively decorated for the holiday season,” Jayroe said. “And since the proceeds go towards library programming, it’s all for a good cause.”
Tour tickets are $20 for members of the Friends of the Library, and $25 for non-members. Tickets will continue to be available up to and including the day of the tour, and can be purchased at the library at 405 Cleland Street.
For more information, contact Trudy Bazemore at 545-3303.
— From Trudy Bazemore