Originally created 11/12/06

Home tour puts topping on Thanksgiving weekend



The turkey has been eaten, and the day-after-Thanksgiving sales rush is over, so what IS there to do with the rest of the weekend?

"A lot of Christmas activities start the next weekend," said Julia Jackson, of Historic Augusta, which owns and operates the Boyhood Home of President Wilson, one of four homes on a candlelight tour Thanksgiving weekend. "This gives people a jump start."

In addition to the Wilson house, the tour stops are the Meadow Garden, the Ezekiel Harris House and Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site.

For many years, one or more of the homes has been showcased in a similar event. Redcliffe is new to the tour this year.

"They are rejoining this year, and we're delighted," she said.

All four of the homes will be decorated for the season with decorations appropriate to the time when they were built.

Although there are no records as to how the Wilsons decorated their home during the 1860s, the house will be decorated according to the tastes of the time. "They would have used fresh greenery," she said.

Ms. Jackson said people who have already visited the homes may want to return to see them in their holiday dcor.

"It's a great chance to come back to hear the music, see people in costume and hear about what it was like during the different periods in history," she said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Historic Holiday Candlelight Tour


When: 4-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26


Where: The Boyhood Home of President Wilson, 419 Seventh St., Augusta; Meadow Garden, 1320 Independence Drive, Augusta; Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St., Augusta; Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island


Cost: Adults $12 in advance, $15 days of the tour; kindergarten-12th grade $5; ages 5 and younger free


Telephone: (706) 724-0436