Following the tour, guests are invited to return to the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House for a Victorian Tea featuring light refreshments.
Buchanan’s Town Improvement Society invites you to tour six private homes during this year’s Candlelight Christmas Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15. From porch to parlor, each home exemplifies the warmth and charm that you expect to find in such small town treasures. Sneak a peak behind the doors of these homes as well as the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House this Sunday from 1 through 5 p.m.
Enjoy traditions old and new as families share their hospitality. Tickets for the tour and reception are $10 per person, and, are available in advance at the Buchanan Town Hall, or, at each home on the day of the Tour. Tickets provide admission to each of the feature properties from 1 until 5 p.m., as well as admission to the Victorian Tea Reception at the Historic Wilson Warehouse from 3to 6 p.m. For additional information, you may call the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212, ext. 4.
Buchanan’s most famous pre Civil War structure the Historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House is a favorite gathering place and usually the starting, or, finishing point to visitor’s tour. Originally constructed for John S. Wilson and his wife Sallie, the brick Greek Revival building served as their store, warehouse and private residence. Festooned with sweet-smelling greens tied with red velvet bows, the house’s exterior adornment is a warm greeting to the procession of guest who will visit throughout the day. The House is decorated with collections of antiques, period furnishings and local memorabilia. Wide plank pine floors dressed with oriental carpets lead you through the parlor and dining room where the aroma of a cedar, pine combine with the rich colors, textures and patterns of Victorian furnishings to recreate a Christmas of the past. Guests are invited to return to the Wilson Warehouse/Community House to attend the Tea Reception being served from 3:00pm through 6:00pm.
Watts & Linda Steger Home
Watts & Linda Steger Home
To the south of the Community House you will find Watts and Linda Steger’s 1905 Edwardian home located at 12317 Lee Highway. Nestled amongst a stand of giant White Pines and Norway Spruces, the home was moved in 1965 one mile to its current site. The two story frame structure’s exterior boasts a standing seam hip roof and colonial revival wrap around porch furnished with an old time swing and rockers. Guests are welcome to explore the first floors gracious floor plan featuring a formal parlor with music wing, recently renovated family room featuring old painted pine paneling from the Bank of Botetourt, a comfortable dining room featuring rare botanical print wallpaper and beautifully remodeled kitchen with oak cabinets. The home reflects Watts and Linda’s gracious style for entertaining as well as areas for intimate and family gatherings. The home is furnished with contemporary furnishings and decorated for the holidays in a traditional manner. To reach the Steger house travel 6.9 miles south on Lee Highway to the house which is located on your right. Read more »