The Winchester Home Tour is this Sunday, and more than just homes are on display this year.
Anyone interested in Winchester and Scott County history, or historic buildings in general are welcome to take part in the tour, which will run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Historical Society member Stevie Van De Velde said there is a wide variety on this year’s tour.
“We have four houses on the tour as well as three establishments, which are the School Museum, which was the former Winchester School. The Winchester Depot, which is what we are fundraising for, and then the Winchester Public Library.
We have several historic houses and then we have a house that was newly built but the interesting thing about that house is that it has a lot of second hand and refurbished antique pieces that were used when the house was built.”
Proceeds from the tour will go toward maintenance of the historic Winchester Depot. The historical society rents the depot for events and proceeds will be used to expand the kitchen area, as well as plans for some paint touch up work that needs completed.
The tour stops include the Carpenter-Grout house, the McIntyre house, The Ballard home with it’s locally famous round front window, and the newer Vortman home.
Van De Velde said that how the homes may be decorated has been left up to the home owners.
“We left it up to the homeowners, with the event being on November 10th, we thought if they wanted to decorate for fall they could, and yet some may be decorated for Christmas. We kinda left it up to them, we felt like at this point in time, Christmas decorations start coming out so early that either one might apply.”
Tickets are $10.00 if purchased ahead of time, and $12.00 the day of the event. Advance tickets are can be purchased at The First National Bank of Winchester, Peak Insurnace Agency, or by calling 217-370-9826 or 217-473-7253.
Tickets can be purchased during the event at any one of the four houses on tour.
For more information on the tour can be found on the Winchester Depot Facebook page.