Go behind closed doors as Marietta puts on its 23nd Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. The tour features six private historic homes in the Church-Cherokee Street area.
This year will take place December 5-6, 2009 and will showcase homes in the Church-Cherokee Street Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season. Homeowners invite you inside for a unique opportunity to discover how they incorporate these historic treasures into their everyday lives. Along the route, many of Marietta’s historic public buildings are decorated and open for touring.
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour offers day tours and a candlelight tour on Saturday evening. The Day Tour hours are Saturday, December 6, 9:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, December 7, 10:00am – 6:00pm. The Candlelight Tour features three of the tour homes and is Saturday evening 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Tour goers learn about the antiques, private collections, and interesting features from docents in each home. The day tours offer shuttle service staffed with informative step-on guides.
Visitors may tour these historic homes:
The Welsh-Lyle House, c. 1900, 355 Church Street.
The Black-Greer-Lee House, c. 1900, 328 Church Street
The McNeel-Harpenau House, c. 1924, 211 Freyer Drive
Included on the tour are the following Marietta heritage public buildings: Ivy Grove, First Presbyterian Church, The Marlow House, St. James Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, Chapel, Old Zion Baptist Church, Root House Museum, The Kennesaw House, Thomas Warehouse, Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, The Strand Theatre and Brumby Hall and Gardens
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour has been consistently named a “Top Twenty Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society and a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the American Bus Association.
For more information on the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour and other holiday activities, call the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau at 770/429-1115, or 800/835-0445 or visit our website, www.marietttapilgrimage.com.
Click here to see an in-depth look at the Wellons-Brackman-Gronewald House, one of the most interesting homes on last years tour. This charming, World War II era bungalow was built in 1946 and has recently been totally renovated by its current owners, Anne & Jack Gronewald. Anne is a Marietta based interior decorator who owns a design firm called Antiques and Interiors. She has turned this charming bungalow into an exciting renovation. The Gronewalds have remodeled the house and added a master bedroom suite and deck.