Belpre Home Tour coming Sunday

From staff reports

BELPRE — The GFWC Belpre Woman’s Club Home Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Belpre, featuring four homes, a business and the Farmer’s Castle Museum and Educational Center.

Signs will mark the stops and are all within a three-mile area. Refreshments will be served at the Belpre Farmer’s Castle Museum throughout the tour.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Bob’s Market, the Belair Restaurant, Unicorn Wine Guild, Stahl’s Nursery and from any member of the club. Each attendee will be provided a program book which will include a tour map and will showcase the sponsors.

Proceeds from the home tour will go toward the medical services scholarship given each year by the club and the many other community projects the club participates in and supports.

The featured stops include Stahl’s Christmas Shop, 40 Orchard Drive, Little Hocking; the Caldwell Home, 804 Brentwood Drive; Cassady Home, 824 Belrock Ave.; the Christman Home, 310 Florence St.; the Abdella Home, 420 Blennerhassett Ave.; and the museum at 509 Ridge St.

• Stahl’s Christmas Shop has 12 fully-decorated trees, each with its own theme. Recently added to the shop is the Veterans Gallery features World War II naval art by Thomas Stahl. There are also several pieces of memorabilia from the war that have been donated for exhibit.

• The Caldwell Home at 804 Brentwood Drive will feature a combination of family heirlooms and new decorations. The six trees inside will all be decorated with different themes, from holidays to sports.

• The Cassady Home at 824 Belrock Ave. was built in 1964 by the original owners Jon and Faye Hendershot. The home was purchased from the Hendershots in 2015. The tour will feature multiple trees and themed rooms such as the Sun room that features Santa’s workshop with elves on one side of the room and a 7-foot gold and red tree with the dining room table set for Christmas dinner on the other side.

• The Christman Home at 310 Florence St. was purchased by Troy and Sue Christman in late 2011. It features at least seven full-sized Christmas trees, an extensive Santa collection and decorations. The land it sits on was once owned by some of Belpre’s earliest settlers, including Col. Alexander Oliver of Massachusetts; Edward Henderson, a spy and Indian fighter from Marietta, also originally of Massachusetts; and the Colbert O’Neal family which is credited with the expansion of agriculture and dairy farming in the Belpre area.

The house is thought to have been built in the 1870s, with identification showing the existence of the house on the earliest historic 1873 map of Belpre, located in the map room of the Washington County Courthouse in Marietta. Other features of the home include pine floors, high ceilings, a sandstone silver stacked cellar and hand-cut beams that run throughout the interior framing of the home’s structure.

• The Abdella Home at 420 Blennerhassett Ave. was built in 1958 by Susan Abdella’s grandparents, Mack and Faye Hoselton. The home has been updated to reveal the original hardwood floors, an updated kitchen and dining room that opens on a spacious and inviting deck. The decorations for the season include a traditional tree of Hope and Joy. There are several fun-themed trees and a collection of Santa Clauses.

• The Belpre Historical Society Farmer’s Castle Museum at 509 Ridge St. is the home of the Belpre Historical Society and houses many artifacts of early Belpre, along with a research room and meeting room.

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