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December 11, 2013

Eight homes, venues make up this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes

The 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is this Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Parker County Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the buildings, sites, and documents that provide the “uniqueness of place” for Parker County, sponsors this annual and festive event.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased now through Saturday at 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.

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. They are:

Doss Heritage and Culture Center

1400 Texas Drive

The Doss Center is a Texas history museum that showcases permanent and traveling exhibits in three state-of-the-art galleries. Don’t miss the special, newly-expanded gallery celebrating the 100th birthday of Broadway star Mary Martin. The Heritage Gallery showcases the heritage of this area. A large, open room adapts to large and small meetings, conferences and celebrations.

Chandor Home and Gardens

711 W. Lee Ave.

On this city-owned site can be found the art studio/home and English/Chinese gardens created by English portrait artist Douglas Chandor and his wife, Ina. Queen Elizabeth II, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are just a few of the illustrious people captured on canvas by Chandor.

Lewis House

904 S. Main St.

The Lewis House is a Queen Anne Victorian-style house built in 1899 by John R. Lewis. Robert Preston Henry purchased the home in 1978 and, after finding an original photograph, he began to restore it to its current architectural splendor. Formerly occupied by Providence Title, now owned and occupied by Milner Real Estate and PDR Construction, this house has not been on the tour since 1996.

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