Tickets avail­able for Pre­ston Hol­i­day House Tour

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PRE­STON — The Com­mu­nity Club of Pre­ston will host a Hol­i­day House Tour on Satur­day, Dec. 1.

The event will be the first such tour since 2014. Seven Pre­ston area homes will open its doors to help wel­come the Christ­mas sea­son.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets pur­chased in ad­vance are $20. Tickets may be pur­chased on­line at pre­ston­md­house­tour.eventbrite.com, the link closes at noon on Nov. 30.

Tickets may be pur­chased by check or money or­der, payable to Com­mu­nity Club of Pre­ston, and mailed to Com­mu­nity Club of Pre­ston, Post Of­fice Box 4, Pre­ston, Mary­land 21655. Mailed pay­ments must be post­marked by Nov/ 30. All tickets will be picked up dur­ing tour hours on Satur­day, Dece. 1, at Pre­ston His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at 167 Main Street in Pre­ston, where re­fresh­ments will be avail­able to tour guests. A lim­ited num­ber of tickets will be avail­able at the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety the day of the tour for $25, cash or check only.

The Dal­ton Home is the old­est home on the tour, con­struc­tion be­gan on the Greek Re­vival/Pal­la­dian style home in 1908. Many orig­i­nal fea­tures re­main in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful wood­work, mould­ing, and win­dows. The two main floor par­lors are dec­o­rated to re­flect each of the home­own­ers’ per­son­al­i­ties, and at Christ­mas they add dec­o­ra­tions that make the home a fa­vorite gath­er­ing place for hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties.

A din­ing room dec­o­rated in blues and sil­vers add sparkle, and the large two level foyer which opens to an up­per gallery houses a lovely Christ­mas tree that many peo­ple ad­mire when driv­ing by on De­cem­ber evenings.

The James home is the sec­ond old­est home on the tour, a 1937 Cape Cod style home. The own­ers chose the home due to its orig­i­nal wood­work and pe­riod fea­tures. Mr. James is an ex­cep­tional handy man and has been able to ren­o­vate and up­date the home while main­tain­ing its orig­i­nal charm. Christ­mas is cel­e­brated with dec­o­ra­tions col­lected over the years, some cre­ated by their chil­dren, and rep­re­sent mem­o­ries of the fam­ily at the var­i­ous stages of their lives.

The Brookhart home is one of two homes on the tour lo­cated in a rel­a­tively new sub­di­vi­sion in Pre­ston. The Brookharts re­tired to the area in 2007 to be closer to their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. They en­joy the prox­im­ity to their fam­ily and all that liv­ing on the Eastern Shore of­fers, and be­ing able to cel­e­brate Christ­mas with them in this home, which fea­tures two Christ­mas trees and a large Christ­mas vil­lage dis­play in the morn­ing room off of the kitchen.

Across the street from the Brookharts is the Gay­hart home. This fam­ily also moved to the area, in 2005, to raise their fam­ily in the re­laxed set­ting the Eastern Shore of­fers. Many up­grades have been done to the home, in­clud­ing a brick wall in the fam­ily room and gran­ite coun­ter­tops in the kitchen. The back­yard, viewed from the break­fast nook off the kitchen, of­fers views of an in­cred­i­ble gar­den oa­sis de­signed by Mr. Gay­hart, and in­cludes a fire pit and four dis­tinct wa­ter fea­tures. The Gay­harts cel­e­brate Christ­mas with a live Christ­mas tree and a va­ri­ety of dec­o­ra­tions through­out the house.

The Coul­bourne home is just a short drive from town, and is a charm­ing Salt Box Colo­nial farm­house with front and back porches that are par­tic­u­larly invit­ing. In­side, the home wel­comes you with its French County style with an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of an­tiques, heir­looms, and mem­o­ra­bilia.

A quilt made by Mr. Coul­bourne’s mother has squares which de­picts his fam­ily’s his­tory. Mrs. Coul­bourne’s artis­tic tal­ent is ob­vi­ous in the orig­i­nal art­work dis­played through­out, along with works by lo­cal artists Greg Van­deVisser and the late Peggy Blades. Christ­mas trees through­out the home are dec­o­rated with Mrs. Coul­bourne’s col­lec­tions of dolls and birds, rep­re­sent­ing fam­ily mem­o­ries and her love of na­ture.

The Hel­ga­son home is tra­di­tional on the out­side, with a stately brick front, but in­side the mod­ern style of this young cou­ple and their fam­ily is rep­re­sented by up­dated cab­i­netry, ma­sonry, and ren­o­va­tions in­clud­ing a shiplapped wall in the kitchen. A large sun­room serves as the fam­ily’s gath­er­ing spot and of­fers views of ma­ture land­scap­ing, a large deck, and swim­ming pool. A nine foot Christ­mas tree in the sun­room and a na­tiv­ity set, pur­chased by Mrs. Hel­ga­son’s grand­par­ents while vis­it­ing Is­rael, are just two of the many ways this fam­ily will cel­e­brate their first Christ­mas this year in this new-to-them home.

Sit­u­ated on a beau­ti­ful lot over­look­ing the Chop­tank River, the Wood­ward home was de­signed and built by the cou­ple, who moved into the home in 2016, and it al­lows their grown chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to gather through­out the year to en­joy va­ca­tions and hol­i­days. A 10-foot Christ­mas tree wel­comes you into the home, where fam­ily an­tiques com­bine with coastal in­spired dé­cor to make the most of water­front liv­ing. An­tique Christ­mas or­na­ments that hung on Mrs. Wood­ward’s grand­par­ents’ tree, and the Christ­mas vil­lage which orig­i­nally was dis­played un­der the tree, along with pho­tos of the Wood­ward’s chil­dren and grand­chil­dren with Santa, all com­bine to con­nect the gen­er­a­tions at Christ­mas.

High heeled shoes and in­te­rior pho­tog­ra­phy are not per­mit­ted, and chil­dren un­der 12 will not be ad­mit­ted. For more in­for­ma­tion visit Face­book at “Com­mu­nity Club of Pre­ston, Mary­land” or call ei­ther 410-310-5454 or 301-675-6755.

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