Felecia Chavez spent years working for the American Red Cross. Her work aboard and most notably her last years in Afghanistan were not without pain. Her empathy for Americaâ??s wounded has not ended but now home in Culpeper, it is a time for her to heal and reconnect.
â??I wanted to do something for the community,â? says Chavez who took on the chairmanship of this yearâ??s Holiday Tour of Homes. â??While a lot of work, itâ??s been good to have my mind on something else…weâ??ve been planning for a year between coordinating the homeowners, churches, music groups and volunteers.â?
Once under the umbrella of the South East Neighborhood Watch, which began the tour in 1993, Culpeper hasnâ??t had a tour of homes in several years but the tradition has returned with the proceeds going to the Museum of Culpeper History. Chavez is optimistic that all of the planning will pay off in a pleasant day of historic home touring coupled with music, food and a chance to win some beautiful items like a handmade quilt with wooden quilt rack, rocking chair or golf package at the Culpeper Country Club.
New to this tour is trolley transportation which will leave from the Museum of Culpeper History dropping off visitors at the respective houses which are organized in a large rectangular pattern.
Located on Asher Street, Park Avenue, Blue Ridge Avenue and West Street, the eight homes include: The Milans Home, The Cosslett Home, The Chavez-Price Home, The Rousseau Home, The Found Home, The Werner Home, the McLamara Home and the Huggard Home.
Traditionally held the first Saturday in December, this tour is no different planned for Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eagerly anticipated, this event will attract not only local residents but out of town visitors as well. No worries about the weather. It will be held come shine, snow or rain.
Free all-day parking is available at Culpeper Baptist Church and their restrooms will be available to the public. Refreshments will be available there as well as at the Museum of Culpeper History and the Dunphy Gazebo located near 602 South West Street.
In addition to the tour, you can hear strolling carolers, live music, the choir at Antioch Baptist Church will perform from 2-2:30 p.m. but the historic church is open from 1-3 p.m., feast on holiday treats and if you donâ??t feel like walking, take the trolley. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of event and include the tour, trolley and refreshments. Find them at Camaleer, Pepperberries, Minuteman Mall, Country Shops of Culpeper, the Museum of Culpeper History and Latchkey Mercantile as well as online at www.culpepermuseum.com.
For more information, call 540-829-1749
If You Go
Culpeper Holiday Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 5
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Eight homes on tour, trolley ride included
Music and refreshments, raffle
Tickets: $25/advance, $30 day of event