Christmas in Columbia - A 19th Century Historic Home Tour

December 4, 2009 - December 5, 2009
Address: Kathie Fuston Columbia, TN Phone: (931) 797-8506
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Thirteen houses in the W. 6th Street Historic District will be open for the Tour, including Mayes Place. Many other historic homes may be viewed from the sidewalks. The grand, newly-renovated Mayes – Hill Home, celebrating its 150 year birthday, will be open to the public for the first time in decades. It is furnished with the finest antiques of the antebellum period. See the front porch where late great musician Gram Parsons honed his guitar chops at the Connor-Finch Home. The Mayes-Frierson-Fuston Home has on display the original 1830’s wedding china of Eleanor Mayes, which traveled from Paris to New Orleans, then up the Natchez Trace via mule wagon, in 1833. Over 300 antique clocks can be seen in the house. 100+ period costumed carolers, docents and revelers will be participating in the Tour and Open House. Photo Opportunities with Santa, and with Santa’s Mule, will be available. An Historic 1861 Ball, with 200+ costumed attendees dancing Reels and Waltzes to music provided by a Regimental Band, will be held on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM, at the Memorial Building. The Polk Home, Elm Springs, The Athenaeum, Ferguson Hall and Rippavilla will be included in the $20.00 admission price. Complimentary Trolley Rides will be available. A discount booklet for Downtown Merchants will also be included with ticket purchases. A Historic Downtown Photo Exhibit at the Mann Building is free to the public. The Nelson House Hotel will be open and feature a Festival of Trees. The Nelson House(circa 1820) has not been open to the public for decades, and was the site of intrigue and murder. A Historic “Carols and Lessons” service, from 19th century Cambridge, will be conducted at 5:00 PM on Saturday evening. Musical performances will be on Saturday at First Methodist, First Presbyterian, and on Friday evening at St. Peter’s.

City: Columbia, TN
Subregion: Middle Tennessee