Seven homes, decked out in their holiday best, brought hundreds of visitors to Marietta Sunday for this year's Holiday Tour of Homes.
Sponsored by the Betsey Mills Club, the annual event allows owners of some of the Pioneer City's unique and historic homes to share a little of their Christmas celebration with the public.
"It's been a great experience. People have been so interested in the amount of space we have inside this house," said Warren Johnson from the third floor 'man cave' in his 410 Montgomery St. home.
SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times
U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson and wife, LeeAnn, look over the table setting in the dining room of their home at 519 Fifth St. in Marietta Sunday afternoon during the Betsey Mills Club’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes.
The converted attic, complete with bathroom facilities, includes a comfortable home theatre area and office space.
Downstairs in the dining room his wife, Georgene, had laid out a traditional Hungarian Christmas Eve dinner setting.
"My dad was full-blooded Hungarian, and my mother was Slovak," she explained. "For us Christmas was the traditional Christmas dinner. We exchanged gifts, too, but it was really all about family and food."
About the tour
- Seven Marietta residences were part of Sunday's Holiday Tour of Homes in Marietta, hosted by the Betsey Mills Club.
- Hundreds of people toured the homes which were decked out for the Christmas holidays.
- Proceeds from tickets sold for the homes tour will benefit the Betsey Mills Club and its activities.
A block south of the Johnson's is the 510 Warren St. home of John and Robin Boyd.
Jim and Nancy Luthy of Marietta were among those who toured the Boyd's home Sunday.
"We come every year, and especially like touring through the older houses in Marietta," Jim said. "They have so many interesting things you just don't see in the newer homes."
Standing at the dining room table, Robin Boyd said she and John decided to settle in Marietta several years ago.
"My husband was in the military and when he retired we bought this house-our first real home," she said. "We liked it here and decided to put down roots."
Robin said this is the first year her home has been on the holiday tour since the Betsey Mills Club took over the annual event three years ago. But she noted the house was also included in a previous homes tour when it was hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
"It was the first year we had moved here, and I was asked if our home could be part of the tour," she said. "It was pretty hectic-but I'm much better prepared this time."
Susan Smith was welcoming guests at the Boyd home Sunday afternoon.
"We've had people coming all the way from Lima, McConnelsville, and other areas to take part in this year's tour," she said. "So far we've had 208 who have been through this home."
Other homes on Sunday's tour included 519 Fifth St., home of Congressman Bill and LeeAnn Johnson; the 425 Sixth St. home of Ethan and Susan Vessels; The Woman's Home at 812 Third St.; the First Presbyterian Church at 501 Fourth St., and The Castle at 418 Fourth St.
Judy Piersall helped organize this year's Holiday Tour of Homes for the Betsey Mills Club.
"We usually have a great turnout, but especially this year with such great weather and so much sunshine," she said.
Piersall said proceeds from the holiday home tour will benefit the Betsey Mills Club and its activities.