Buchanan’s Town Improvement Society invites you to tour six private homes during this year’s Candlelight Christmas Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, December 15th. From porch to parlor each home exemplifies the warmth and charm that you expect to find in such small town treasures. Sneak a peak behind the doors of these homes as well as the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House this Sunday from 1PM through 5PM.
Enjoy traditions old and new as families share their hospitality. Tickets for the tour and reception are $10 per person, and, are available in advance at the Buchanan Town Hall, or, at each home on the day of the Tour. Tickets provide admission to each of the feature properties from 1PM until 5PM, as well as admission to the Victorian Tea Reception at the Historic Wilson Warehouse from 3PM to 6PM.
s most famous pre Civil War structure ts exterior adornment is a warm greeting to the procession of guest who will visit throughout the day. The House is decorated with collections of antiques, period furnishings and local memorabilia. Wide plank pine floors dressed with oriental carpets lead you through the parlor and dining room where the aroma of a cedar, pine combine with the rich colors, textures and patterns of Victorian furnishings to recreate a Christmas of the past. Guests are invited to return to the Wilson Warehouse/Community House to attend the Tea Reception being served from 3:00pm through 6:00pm.
To the south of the Community House you will find Watts and Linda Steger’s 1905 Edwardian home located at 12317 Lee Highway. Nestled amongst a stand of giant White Pines and Norway Spruces, the home was moved in 1965 one mile to its current site. The two story frame structure’s exterior boasts a standing seam hip roof and colonial revival wrap around porch furnished with an old time swing and rockers. Guests are welcome to explore the first floors gracious floor plan featuring a formal parlor with music wing, recently renovated family room featuring old painted pine paneling from the Bank of Botetourt, a comfortable dining room featuring rare botanical print wallpaper and beautifully remodeled kitchen with oak cabinets. The home reflects Watts and Linda’s gracious style for entertaining as well as areas for intimate and family gatherings. The home is furnished with contemporary furnishings and decorated for the holidays in a traditional manner. To reach the Steger house travel 6.9 miles south on Lee Highway to the house which is located on your right.
Also to the south of the Community House you will find Lee and Rebecca Smiths home at 544 Pico Road. To reach the Smith House travel 1.5 miles south to Pico Road at the Dollar General. Turn left onto Pico Road and travel ½ mile to 544 Pico turning right into the asphalt drive and follow to the top of the hill where you will find the home. Completed in 2005, the Lee and Rebecca’s home is a two story contemporary farmhouse featuring a raised seam roof, beveled glass entryway and covered front porch. The first floor features an open floor plan with soaring ceilings, a stone fireplace and is furnished in a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. Guests are welcome to tour the newly completed lower lever renovations for the Shenandoah Gateway Farm B&B the family is about to open. The accommodations feature a mix of contemporary and period furnishings, handmade quilt wall hangings and stained glass transom made by Rebecca. The home is decorated in a traditional manner featuring villages, nativities and greens.
Just a few blocks from the Community House guests will find Molly O’Dell’s historic home located at 254 Culpepper Avenue. The turn of the century home is known locally as the Rodgers House. The exterior of the home is a simple two story frame structure featuring a covered porch surrounded by beautiful gardens which Molly and her son Bobby have installed over the past two years. The first floor features a center hall passage with the original staircase flanked by the parlor and dining room. Molly has furnished the home with Botetourt County finds including a chestnut dining room table and sideboard, local art by Elizabeth Sauder and Rod Goldsmith as well as family treasures including several fine oriental pieces passed down through the family as well as English Brass Rubbings. The home is decorated for Advent using fresh greens, candles and a nativity. To reach the home from the Community House travel up Bedford Street to Main Street, turn right and travel one block to 13th Street where you will turn right and travel two blocks to Culpepper Avenue. At this intersection turn right and travel one block to find the house on your left.
To the north of the Community House, guests will find the final three homes including Carolyn Austin’s 2006 contemporary Cape Cod located at 160 Alpine Farm Road. To reach Carolyn’s home travel north on US Route 11 for 1. 4 miles at which point it becomes Frontage Road. Travel another 4.5 miles and turn left onto Alpine Farm Road where you will travel 1/10 of a mile where you will find the home on your right. The home’s exterior features the classic 1 ½ story brick and wood sided structure with covered front porch and steeply pitched roof punctuated with dormers. Upon entering the home guests are welcomed by the beautifully winding staircase, vaulted ceiling and second story balcony. The home features hardwood floors a mix of jewel and earth tone colors and furnished with contemporary pieces. The living room features a fireplace with two story soaring chimney. The dining room table is set with gold tones while the living room features a 12 foot Christmas tree.
Also north of the Community House are Mike and Wendy Orrison’s home as well as Russ and Karen Orrison’s home. Mike and Wendy’s home is located at 295 This Way. The neotraditional vernacular farm house was designed and constructed by the family. Nestled amongst towering oak trees and rolling pastures the exterior of the home reflects the rural homesteads of the area with white clapboard siding, a green tin roof, covered front porch and outbuildings. The couple used reclaimed materials such as brick and hardwood flooring to give the house age and character. The home’s interior features a mix of traditional and contemporary detailing with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The home’s interior is designed to flow to the outdoor spaces expanding the homes area for entertaining and family life. The home is decorated with contemporary furnishings and is decorated for the holidays using greens and traditional decorations. To reach the home travel north on Lee Highway for 1.4 miles at which point it becomes Frontage Road, travel another 4 miles and cross over the interstate on Overpass Road. Turn left and travel north on US Route 11 and travel right onto Forest Oaks Drive. Travel 1.1 miles to This Way and turn right traveling up the hill to 495 This Way.
From Mike and Wendy’s home turn left onto This Way and travel to the next drive on your left to Russ and Karen Orrison’s home at 725 This Way. Nestled amongst the oaks and poplar trees Russ and Karen built their neo traditional colonial style home which was designed by Russ. The exterior features a traditional colonial style home with a columned covered porch opening into a warm and welcoming stone entrance hall. The home features a traditional floor plan with large rooms for entertaining as well as areas for intimate family gatherings. A formal living room opens to the outdoors with expansive views overlooking pastures to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The living room seating centers on a massive stone fireplace which adds warmth to the charming setting. A formal dining room provides seating for 14 at a double pedestal Duncan Phyfe table which is surrounded by matching chairs. The dining room leads into a beautiful kitchen with custom cabinets and countertops flowing into a sun room. The home is furnished in a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings including family pieces and antique oriental artworks. The home is decorated for the holidays in fresh greens in a traditional style.
Proceeds from the home tour assist the Town Improvement Society in their efforts to preserve and maintain the Town’s most famous historic landmark, the Wilson Warehouse.