The public is invited to stroll through four Marietta homes, a Marietta church and the Betsey Mills Club Sunday during the club's Holiday Tour of Homes.
This is the club's second year sponsoring the tour, which was previously sponsored by the American Association of University Women.
"Their local chapter disbanded, and the Betsey jumped at the chance of taking it over and sponsoring it," said Judy Piersall, president of the club's board of trustees. "It's a worthwhile thing and people enjoy seeing these homes at Christmas time."
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Sharon Boker poses next to a Christmas tree in her home at 505 Third St. in Marietta. Boker’s home is one of four that will be featured during the Betsey Mills Club’s Holiday Tour of Homes Sunday.
The tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Betsey Mills Club, 300 Fourth St., for $10 each. Tickets will be sold at all the tour stops on the day of the event for $12 each. All proceeds go to the Betsey Mills Club.
All of the homes featured in the tour are within walking distance of one another. They are located at 312 Fifth St., 505 Third St., 605 Wooster St. and 315 Fourth St. The doors of St. Mary's Catholic Church at 506 Fourth St. will also be opened to the public, as well as its rectory.
"At the Betsey, there will be tours available also if people are interested in seeing what all (it) has to offer," Piersall noted.
If you go
What: Betsey Mills Club's Holiday Tour of Homes.
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Homes at 312 Fifth St., 505 Third St., 605 Wooster St. and 315 Fourth St., as well as the Betsey Mills Club at 300 Fourth St. and St. Mary's Church at 506 Fourth St.
Cost: $10 in advance at the Betsey Mills Club, $12 at any of the stops on the day of the event.
A map of the stops will be handed out with the tickets. Piersall said folks can visit the stops in any order they wish.
Sharon Boker's 108-year-old Queen Anne-style home at 505 Third St. will be a stop on the tour for the first time.
"I have a bit of a hobby where if a house goes on sale and it's one of the old Victorian houses and they have an open house, I always love to go in and see what they look like," she said. "Mine has unique features to it, and there are lot of people out there that love to see these older houses, as well."
Boker said her home features original woodwork that has not been painted, as well as some original windows. The city of Marietta's oldest Japanese maple tree stands in her backyard.
The tour will conclude with refreshments and live piano and violin music at the Betsey Mills Club.