Port Deposit’s 29th candlelight tour set for this weekend, adds former historic inn stop
— Once again this Saturday, historic buildings in Port Deposit will open their doors for the Candlelight Tour.
This year, however, includes a new addition: the building at 160 N. Main St. that used to be known in the 19th century as Old Sorrel Inn, and that has since been converted to twin houses. In all, 15 buildings will act as stops, such as Station Seven of the Water Witch Fire Company, the Gerry House and the Port Deposit Presbyterian Church. Port Vape and Brew (formerly Carson’s Pharmacy) and Granite Run Taproomoom (formerly Falls Hotel) will also host tour-goers.
This year marks the 29th year for the biennial event, which ran annually until 2010, when organizers decided that it placed too
much strain on the building owners who volunteer their historic sites.
“You know, there’s a finite number of homes in Port Deposit,” said JoAnne Bierly, secretary of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation, which hosts the tour. “It was taxing to have them open their homes every year.”
From noon to 5 p.m., organizers will sell wristbands for $20 a person at the Paw Paw Museum at 98 N. Main St. There, volunteers will be around to expand on current exhibits and give information about local history.
Throughout the day, the Havre de Grace-based Victorian Carolers will stroll the streets singing. At 4 p.m., they’ll play their final numbers in the Carriage House at 80 S. Main St.
According to Bierly, the Candlelight Tour is a great opportunity to get a glance into yesteryear. She noted in particular the details in- side the privately-owned McClenahan-Nesbitt House at 60 S. Main St. as exemplary.
“The craftsmanship from those old houses is just beyond belief,” she said.
Bierly added that for some reason it seems to rain every year for the Candlelight Tour. As of Tuesday afternoon, however, forecasts showed a mostly sunny Saturday with a high in the low-50s.