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‘Walesa’ to be on Urbanna Christmas Tour

“Walesa" is located on Old Virginia Street outside Urbanna.
The annual Urbanna Christmas Tour will be Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some locations open again on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The 2009 tour will again feature a “designer showcase” home, “Walesa” just outside of Urbanna on Old Virginia Street. This fabulous home overlooking beautiful Robinson’s Creek has never been open to the public before.

Built in the late 1930s on the James Ross Plantation, also known as the Cedar Park Farm, this stately home features dark paneled walls and heart pine floors, a large dining room and wrap around porch, as well as an enclosed pool and pool house with sky lights, chandelier, and panoramic views of the creek.

Featured designers at Walesa will include Annie Rooney, Mathews; Brad Stephens, Irvington; Chesapeake & Crescent, Kilmarnock; Cyndy’s Bynn, Urbanna; Garden Club, Urbanna; Interior Innovations, White Stone; Lewis Trimble, Kilmarnock; Make Thyme, Urbanna; Rolling Road Antiques, Urbanna; Snug Harbor Interiors, Mathews; and West End Antiques Mall, Richmond.

“With all the special designs and ideas from the featured designers you are sure to feel as if you have stepped into the pages of a decorator’s magazine!” said a tour spokesperson.

To make things even more attractive, Jim Miller of Miller Custom Painting is helping the house tour by sprucing up some of the interior walls at Walesa.

The Historic Middlesex Courthouse (Woman’s Club) on Virginia Street in Urbanna is also on the tour. It is open only on Saturday and club members will be offering the special secret recipe and spices for their fabulous crab bisque that is so familiar at the Oyster Festival. Featured will be all new Christmas decorations, a new display of snowmen and nutcrackers, and a floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree. Seasonal refreshments will be available.

Go by the Old Tobacco Warehouse (Urbanna Visitor’s Center) on Virginia Street and place an entry to identify the unusual tool on display there. Special prizes will be awarded the selected winning entries.

At Lansdowne on Virginia Street visitors will enjoy costumed docent-guided tours of Christmas past to present as it may have been celebrated in this Flemish bond brickwork home built in the 1700s. As one of the finest examples of formal homes in Virginia from that period, it features Italian marble fireplaces and original heart pine paneling. 

“Once again shuttle buses will be taking tour guests from Urbanna United Methodist Church directly to the tour sites so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery,” said the tour spokesperson.

Parking will not be permitted at Walesa and entry to the property will be restricted to shuttle buses only. Free parking will be available at the church along with boxed lunches, free hot cider and cookies. The church also will have its annual bake sale.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the following Urbanna locations: Bristow’s Store, Cyndy’s Bynn, Papeterie, Make Thyme and The Wild Bunch; and in Richmond at the Hampton House on Grove and Libby.

Tickets also will be available at Lansdowne this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Stop by or call 804-761-4840 for more information.

Tickets are also available the day of the tour only at Urbanna United Methodist Church.

The annual tour is sponsored by the Urbanna Beautification Committee, the House Tour Committee and the Urbanna Business Association. The money from the tour is given back to the town to be used for the beautification and renovation projects, which include new sidewalks, lamp posts, landscaping and benches.

Urbanna shops will be open along with area restaurants and local motels and bed and breakfasts for the convenience of visitors.

Visitors also can come early and enjoy the annual Urbanna Christmas Parade on the evening of Friday, December 4.

For more information, call the Town of Urbanna at 804-758-2613.

posted 11.04.2009

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