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Don’t miss the Urbanna Christmas House Tour

The holidays are almost here again and it’s time to experience the “wonderful life” of historic Urbanna with its annual Christmas House Tour on Saturday, December 6, and another tour on Sunday, December 7. 

On the day of the Saturday, Dec. 6, tour tickets will be sold only at Urbanna United Methodist Church (above), and all shuttles will begin and end at this location. The history of the church congregation begins in 1880, when members first met at the Historic Courthouse in Urbanna. In 1901, the Methodists built a church at the corner of Prince George and Cross streets—the current location of BB&T Bank. The church moved to its present location on Marston Avenue, between Cross Street and Rappahannock Avenue in 1962.
The stops on Saturday’s tour include Rosegill Plantation, The Farmhouse at Remlik Hall Farm, Cottage at Poynt Quarter (the home of Chic Silver), The Pierce House, Molly’s Way, the new Middlesex Art Guild Gallery, Historic Middlesex County Courthouse (Woman’s Club building), James Mill Scottish Factor Store (Old Tobacco Warehouse), and Urbanna United Methodist Church.

A special feature this year includes a designer showcase of decorated rooms at Rosegill, Urbanna’s plantation home from the 1600s. Local decorators and designers have each selected rooms to feature and showcase their special style and flair and will offer items to be ordered or purchased.

Hours for the tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with free parking and shuttle buses leaving regularly from Urbanna United Methodist Church parking lot.

Tickets for the Urbanna Christmas House Tour on Saturday remain $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour, and can be purchased at the following locations in Urbanna: Cyndy’s Bynn, R.S. Bristow Store, Papeterie, Make Thyme, The Wild Bunch Flowers and Hampton House in Richmond.

On the day of Saturday’s tour, tickets will be sold only at Urbanna United Methodist Church, and all shuttles will begin and end at this location. Cookies and cider will be available. Boxed lunches will be offered and all proceeds will be donated to the church. 

Call the Town of Urbanna at 804-758-2613 or Mary Ellen Cardwell at 758-4501 for more information. 

The tour is sponsored by the Urbanna Beautification Committee and the Urbanna Business Association along with the Town of Urbanna. Proceeds will be used toward several beautification projects in progress such as new sidewalks, lamp posts, landscaping and benches.

Sunday’s Tour

On Sunday, December 7, the public is invited to enjoy the new “It’s A Wonderful Life—Christmas In Historic Urbanna” tour from noon to 4 p.m. featuring Rosegill Plantation and Lans-downe—two of Urbanna’s most historic homes. Enjoy the featured designers and the individual rooms that have been decorated at Rosegill and shop for favorite items. At Lansdowne, experience the feel and refinement of colonial times during the holidays. Both homes will feature musical entertainment and light refreshments.

Tickets for the “It’s A Wonderful Life—Christmas In Historic Urbanna” tour on Sunday are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the above locations or at the door at Lansdowne or Rosegill on the day of the tour. Parking is available on the street in town and on the grounds at Rosegill. Shuttle buses will not be available for Sunday’s tour. 

posted 11.26.2008

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