Weatherford Democrat

December 5, 2013

32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes set for Dec. 14


Weatherford Democrat

— The 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held in Weatherford on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This festive event is sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the buildings, sites, and documents that provide the “uniqueness of place” for Parker County. 

Eight homes and venues will be featured on this year’s tour, and they may be visited in any order. Volunteer docents, some of whom will be elegantly attired in period clothing, will inform and entertain visitors at each location. Many of this year’s stops on the tour have never been featured before, or have not been on the tour in many years.

Join your friends on a guided tour of the Parker County Courthouse, given by County Judge Mark Riley, who was intimately involved with the courthouse’s restoration 10 years ago.

Visit the Lewis House at 904 S. Main St., a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian with soaring tin ceilings and still-functional pocket doors.

The beautiful boyhood home of former Speaker of the House Jim Wright Jr., who was also the mayor of Weatherford from 1950-54, will make its debut on the tour this year, and visitors can take in the Texas Historical Marker dedicated at this home on Dec. 5.

Be awestruck by the beauty of All Saints’ Anglican Church at 125 S. Waco St., and hear about its many famous visitors through the years.

Two private homes, the Altfather House, at 410 W. Spring St., and the Brevard House, at 212 S. Alamo St., are both owned by young couples drawn to Weatherford within the past several years and will charm you with their lovely features as well as the stories of previous owners, noteworthy events and some furnishings passed from owner to owner through the years.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to take in the full beauty of the famous Chandor Home and Gardens at 711 W. Lee Ave., and browse the exhibits at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive. The Doss Center will have a special expanded exhibit honoring the 100th birthday of famous actress and Weatherford native, Mary Martin.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased now through the day of the tour. There are two places to buy tickets: The Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, 401 Fort Worth Highway, which accepts cash and checks, and the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive, which accepts cash, checks, credit cards and Paypal.

The Parker County Heritage Society is tremendously appreciative of the homeowners and venue operators who graciously open their doors for this Tour, as well as the volunteers who guide visitors through each location.

The 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of TEX-AL Freight Services, C2 Logistics Solutions, PlainsCapital Bank, First Financial Bank, Jamie Bodiford of Century 21 Judge Fite Company, First National Bank, Texas Door & Window, A Step Back ‘N Time Antiques, Parker County Today Magazine, Mike Milner Realty, Parker County Roofing, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.