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First Annual Harrisonburg Holiday Home Tour Brings the Spirit of the Season to Downtown

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance announces the first annual Harrisonburg Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 7. Begin your holiday celebration in the heart of historic Harrisonburg with a tour of some of Old Town’s finest homes, the Hardesty-Higgins House, and the Joshua Wilton House.

Over the last several years, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has received numerous requests for a home tour. According to Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of HDR, “A number of people have observed that Harrisonburg does not have a holiday home tour, the way a number of other communities do. We made it one of our priorities for the 2008 holiday season and have been hard at work planning the tour since spring. We’re hoping for a great turn-out.”

The self-guided tour begins with hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday music at the Hardesty-Higgins House. Here visitors can purchase tickets, pick up a map, and learn the history of the building. Four private homes are included in the Home Tour. The showcased homes are located at 150 Ott Street, 268 Newman Avenue, 218 Franklin Street, and 282 Franklin Street. The homes will be decorated for the holidays and rooms will be open to guests. A Deluxe ticket is also available and includes a tour of the Joshua Wilton House B&B followed by beverages, appetizers, and desserts. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased in advance from Harrisonburg Tourism and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

Old Town Harrisonburg was designated a national historic district in 2007. The district comprises approximately 200 residences that illustrate the variety and individuality of American domestic architecture in the late 19th/early 20th century.

Pictures of the homes and a complete schedule of Holidays on Main Street events are available on the HDR website: www.downtownharrisonburg.org.

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