Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion
Recently the local Preservation Society held its annual Christmas open house. Several historic houses throughout downtown opened their doors for an old-fashioned Christmas. The homes were decorated in victorian and period-style decorations. Music, choirs, Victorian carolers and a barber shop quartet provided entertainment. Father Christmas also planned an appearance. Lovely belles greeted guests as they arrived. Beautiful silver trays throughout the house served treats and punch was also served. This was certainly a walk back in time!
Five houses were on the tour. Today I will take you through the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. This stunning, Italianate style house was built in 1859-1862 by Senator Robert Jemison Jr. The house remained a private residence until 1955. It served many years as a library, then offices to a publishing house. After many years of renovations the structure was restored as near as possible to its original form.
I hope you enjoyed touring this lovely historic home. The music and decorations certainly made for a festive seasonal tour. I finally did run into Father Christmas at one of the other houses. He was jolly and dressed in a beautiful coat. I’ll share that photo in another post!
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