Roanoke College’s Monterey building will be open to visitors Dec. 8 along with the homes on the Salem Museum Holiday Homes Tour. Photo courtesy of John Long
The Salem Museum Holiday Homes Tour has always been a great afternoon to experience some of the finest houses in the valley. This year, the museum will also team with Roanoke College to show some old-fashioned campus hospitality with displays and bonus features found nowhere else!
In addition to two private homes, the fantastic American Legion hall Dartmore, and the museum itself, visitors to the Holiday Homes Tour will have the opportunity to see two historic houses that now serve the college: Monterey (ca. 1850) and Roselawn (1915).
At these fabled buildings, students and faculty will offer special “extra touches” to show off the College to the community. Special music by student performers will fill the air, and warm cider and gingerbread will thaw out the chilled guests. RC Electric, an innovative group researching environmental solutions to our energy challenges, will decorate one room of the Monterey Mansion, while the Roanoke College Historical Society (the oldest continuous campus organization), Outdoor Adventure, and a group of International Students will decorate other rooms, making the venerable old house a unique showcase of the campus community.
For the history minded, the Roanoke College archives will bring out special displays of rare college treasures, such as a unique collection of 19th Century Christmas cards. In addition, Thomas Chapman, a resident of Monterey a century and a half ago, will make a ghostly appearance. Chapman was the sole Salemite killed in Averell’s Raid on Salem in December 1863.
“If you want a special treat this Holiday season, you will love this tour, especially what the college students have to offer,” said Museum Director John Long.
The other stops along the tour include The Mongan-Logan Home at 615 Mt. Vernon Ave., The Henrickson Home at 729 Virginia Avenue, Dartmore (the American Legion Hall) at 710 Apperson Drive, and The Williams-Brown House (Salem Museum) at 801 East Main Street. Read more »