Downtown Washington Inc. will host its annual Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
“This is always a popular event to showcase the beautiful homes in the downtown area and get into the holiday spirit,” said Kristy Stoyer, event chair. “We hope our guests learn a little more about the history of Downtown Washington and appreciate our historic homes and new spaces.”
A trolley will again run continuously during the event to take particiapnts to the different spots. People are encouraged to begin the tour at the downtown post office, 123 Lafayetee St., where they can pick up booklets and enjoy refreshments.
The other stops on the tour include:
• Henry J. Buhr Home, 309 Lafayette St. — A historic renovation is in process. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
• The Brick Rose, 311 W. Fifth St. — “Dr. Tolksdorf’s house” has recently been renovated for a new bed and breakfast.
• Zachariah Foss House, 4 Lafayette St. — Home and business has been recently renovated. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
• Iris Elaine Cottage, 504 Fremont St. — New bed and breakfast.
• Stephen M. Jones Inn, 110 Jefferson St. — Single unit has recently been renovated. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Parking is available.
• Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, 323 W. Main St. — First floor has been completely renovated. Parking is available.
• Community Festival of Trees, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 20 E. Fifth St. — Over 70 decorated trees will be featured and there will be a canned good collection. Parking is available.
“We are so excited to host the 34th annual Holiday House Tour,” said Bridgette Kelch, Downtown Washington Inc. executive director. “We have some exciting properties to show and hope to see a good turnout from the community.”
Tickets are on sale now at the downtown office, Washington Historical Society and Hillermann Nursery & Florist. The cost is $10 in advance if purchased by noon Dec. 10 or $15 the day of the event.
Stoyer thanked all of the homeowners on the tour for sharing their homes.
“We couldn’t do this event without them and appreciate the time they take during this busy season to prepare, decorate and host us,” Stoyer said. “We have a wonderful group of homes this year and know that everyone will enjoy taking a peek inside.”
Proceeds from the tour will benefit Downtown Washington Inc. to help continue its preservation efforts.