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.

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