Buy Tickets here.
The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce will come home for the holidays again this year with its third annual Holiday Home Tour. Now a holiday tradition in Farmville, the 2018 event set for Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes seven Farmville homes, Longwood University’s Rotunda and the Centra Hospitality House.
“I love the Holiday House Tour because it shows off our community at its best,” Chamber Executive Director Joy Stump said. “The Christmas tour shows our hospitality, beautiful neighborhoods, gorgeous homes and holiday spirit.”
An added attraction this year is a pre-tour benefit dinner hosted by Harlan Horton at Hotel Weyanoke’s Campagna Restaurant on Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets for the dinner, available for 6 or 8 p.m. seatings, are $65 and include a ticket for the home tour the following day.
“We're excited to have Hotel Weyanoke as a partner this year because they are such a beautiful new addition to our community,” Stump added. “The benefit dinner the night before the tour will just set the mood for everyone to have a fun and fabulous weekend.”
While the tour is a fundraiser for the Chamber, a local nonprofit will also receive a donation.
“A portion of the proceeds this year will be donated to Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) to help them continue the wonderful services they offer to those in need in our area,” Stump noted. “The Chamber loves to give back to members whenever we do a fundraising event, and PSR has been a wonderful partner organization.”
Homeowners for this year’s tour include Chuck and Faye Green, Jon and Donna Van Cleave, Emily Pilk, Charles and Margaret Lindsay, Sherry Swinson, Chuck and Candy Dowdy and Rob and Tory Wade.
A variety of architectural styles will be represented on the tour.
The historic home of Jon and Donna Van Cleave was built in 1898. The centerpiece of the historic home is the entrance hall’s custom circular floating staircase. The home underwent a major renovation in the 1950s by noted Richmond architect Clarence Huff and landscape architect Charles Gillette. Recently another major renovation opened the floor plan and modernized the kitchen and bathrooms.
The two-story Victorian home of Chuck and Candy Dowdy was built in 1902. The historic house features an original double front door and transom windows. Much of the hand-carved oak woodwork and heart pine wood floors are still in place. Christmas decorations will favor the traditional and will include family collections of angels and Santa Claus.
The First Avenue home of Chuck and Faye Green is a Sears and Roebuck Craftsman house built in the 1920s by John and Nora Lancaster. Materials, that included everything from structural beams and oak and pine flooring to bathtub, kitchen cabinets and light fixtures, were delivered by railcar to the Farmville Train Station. The home is currently furnished with a combination of family heirlooms, thrift store treasures and newer acquisitions.
The two-story Georgian brick home of Rob and Tory Wade was built in 1935. The Wades are the second owners of the home that includes a butler’s pantry and downstairs fireplace. Christmas decorations will feature family ornaments collected over the years and holiday greenery.
The home of Emily Pilk is a Cape Cod cottage built in 1941 on The Avenues. The three-bedroom house was remodeled a few years ago. Greenery, ribbons and holiday flowers will offer a warm welcome during the Holiday Home Tour.
Sherry Swinson’s brick rancher was built in 1954. “Mrs. Johns who built the house at the age of 75 was from Buckingham, so the house includes a lot of Buckingham slate,” Swinson noted. Christmas decorations will be traditional with live greens. “I love the smell of Christmas,” Swinson added.
The Southern Colonial Natchez-style home of Charles and Margaret Lindsay was built in 1993. “Since my husband is in the wood business, the home has a lot of woodwork and crown molding,” Margaret said. Decorations will include items collected over the years and greenery.
“The home tour really sets the tone for the whole holiday season,” the Chamber’s executive director concluded. “I schedule this event between Thanksgiving and Christmas so people can come and shop, stay overnight, and see all that Farmville has to offer!”
Tickets are available at the Farmville Chamber office or here
Help support Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce
And Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Ageing!
Read about the 2017 House Tour below:
Join us to help showcase Farmville’s historic and beautiful homes during the holidays. In addition there will be one Habitat House on the tour.
Don’t miss out on being a part of this great event on 12/9/17 from 10AM-3PM.
Refreshments and restrooms will be available at the Longwood University Rotunda and the Centra Hospitality House at 900 High Street.
This year a boxed lunch from Uptown Coffee Cafe can be purchased with your ticket. Each lunch will include a sandwich, chips, cookie & drink.
The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce is coming home for the holidays again this year with its second annual Holiday Home Tour. The 2017 event, set for Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes six Farmville homes plus a Habitat house, Longwood University’s Rotunda and the Centra Hospitality House.
“Around 200 people took the tour in 2016,” Chamber Executive Director Joy Stump said. “The home tour really set the tone for the whole holiday season last year!”
While the tour is a fundraiser for the Chamber, a local nonprofit will also receive a donation. The Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity will be the beneficiary this year, and Habitat homeowner Devonda Robinson’s home will be on the tour.
Other homeowners on this year’s tour include David and Patricia Crute, David and Wanda Whitus, Tricia and John Wingo/Inn of Barrow Street, Cannon and Lorrie Watson, Bill and Lila Reach, and Audrey Sullivan and Kent Wilhelmi.
A variety of architectural styles will be represented on the tour. The High Street home of David and Patricia Crute and the apartment of Audrey Sullivan and Kent Wilhelmi on Red Door 104’s second level reflect the early 1900s. The Second Avenue home of Lorrie and Cannon Watson was completed in 1938. Also on Second Avenue, the Reach home was built in 1950. The home of David and Wanda Whitus and the Inn at Barrow Street, home of John and Tricia Wingo, are more contemporary.
Homeowner Lila Reach, on the tour for the second year, noted that last year’s event was a great success.
“Hundreds of people came,” she said. “We were surprised and pleased — it was a great event for the Chamber and a super fun way to show off our beautiful community!”
For information and tickets visit farmvillehousetour.eventbrite.com. A box lunch, prepared by Uptown Coffee Café, may also be purchased on the house tour site.