28th Christmas Tour of Homes tickets on sale now

28th Christmas Tour of Homes tickets on sale now

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The 28th annual Christmas Tour of Homes, presented by the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association, will take place Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. The Bell Tower Farm is this year’s featured home.

The sites for this year’s tour are in New Philadelphia, Dover, Bolivar and Zoar. The Reeves Victorian Museum, decorated for Christmas, will be open Dec. 11 from 1-6 p.m., only for a discounted price of $3.

A limited number of tickets are on sale through the Heritage Home website at www.tuschha.org, at the Geib Funeral Homes of Dover and New Philadelphia, the First National Bank’s Dennison location only, Pam’s Posies at 732 Boulevard St. in Dover, and the Zoar Store at 198 Main St. in Zoar.

Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the doors. Wear shoes that are comfortable and can be easily removed unless you choose to wear provided shoe covers in the homes. Some people bring their own house slippers to wear. Masks are recommended when visiting the sites.

Stops on the tour include the following:

—The New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church at 201 W. High Ave. in New Philadelphia. The church began as a preaching station served by a Methodist circuit rider named James Watts, who was assigned to this area in 1808. The current location dates back to 1914 with additions in 1959 and 2009. Restrooms and refreshments are available here.

—The Keck home on 532 Fair Ave. NW in New Philadelphia. This home was built in 1923 by Dr. Robert Barton and stayed in the Barton family until 1969. Five families have called this house their home since that time. The home is an English Tudor style with an addition that was completed in the early 2000s consisting of a family room, full bath and laundry room. The home also has a park-like private backyard.

—The Tom and Kim Klingaman home at 254 E. Fourth St. in Zoar. This house was built around 1817 and today is known as House No. 16 - The Print Shop. This was one of the first log cabins built as a home in the village. The frame additions were added in 1818 and 1819. The fireplace in the living room is original and is the only one remaining in Zoar.

—The Jeff and Susan Eadie home at 171 E. Second St. in Zoar. The late Victorian home was built in 1899, the first year after the dissolution of the Zoar communal society. The construction date was found on a wall in the attic. The basement has the original stone walls and may predate the house. It is believed the house was built by former Zoarites as a private residence.

—Your Family’s Place, owned by Rose and Brian Tipka at 8624 Sandstone Road NE in Dover.

The Cottage at Maple Pond is a vacation rental, resting on 19 wooded acres next to a private, stocked pond. Designed as an up-north lake home, the cottage was built in 2020 by Paul Miller Construction of Sugarcreek. Architect Sara Stuckey Sayner designed the space to maximize the light entering the great room. It has oversized windows and high, coffered ceilings.

The Cabin at Maple Pond is a one-room cabin, which now is the main-floor bedroom. It was originally built by Thomas Knighton and is positioned to give the best views of Maple Pond. The cabin was later expanded to include the rest of the home.

—The Bell Tower Farm owned by Kyle and Chinelle Albaugh is located at 9684 Fort Laurens Road NW in Bolivar.

—The Nate and Julie Levengood home, located at 1012 state Route 212 NW, Bolivar. The owners have been renovating this 1899 farmhouse for several years with the help of Hostetler Builders. Their main goal was to restore it by highlighting the original craftsmanship and character, along with updating with modern touches. The home features a wraparound porch with natural stone floor. Several rooms still have the original woodwork and hardware. Also on the premises is the original summer house and a bank barn that was built in 1905.