Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Holiday House Tour

On Saturday last, myself and my two "house tour" buddies went to The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Candlelight Holiday Tour. There were six houses on the tour and each was decorated in holiday finery by the Garden Clubs which means that the outside of the houses as well as inside were bedecked by flowers, greenery, berries, seed pods, pine cones, ribbons, etc. It was glorious to behold.

You could visit the homes in whatever order you chose. The first house we visited was the Stone-Tolan House, built in 1792, the oldest house in our county. The docents in each house were encyclopedias of the history of each home. When Mr. Stone and his pioneer family lived in this Federal-style structure, it was part of a 300 acre farm. The house is such a classic style that it looks like it could have been built last year.

anonymous tour goers waiting in line to see the home

Evidence that the Garden Club was here
no electric blankets - you put live coals in this tin box-then pop in under the covers
no Wegman's either - you preserved meat in a smoke house like this one
tester bed - handmade coverlet
Heart of the home - soups - stews - pies - biscuits cooked here
this is what the modern bathroom looked like in the 18th century


Because this home is now a museum, pictures were permitted to be taken in it. Not so with the other homes on the tour. Suffice it to say, this was the house I enjoyed visiting the most. There was another, an 1840 house, that was a close second. But people lived in it. It was scrumptiously fitted with antiques of the period plus filled with Christmas. I did take a couple pics of the garden there. Here's one:

My friends and I always enjoy a leisurely lunch when we do a "girlz day" like this. All in all, a totally delightful outing.



  1. Lovely house:) so warm atmosphere :)

  2. Sounds like such a fun day! I absolutely love to visit homes like these. Love the look of the smokehouse with that great wreath on the door.