Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Marietta, PA Candlelight Tour of Homes

Marietta, PA Candlelight Tour of Homes

Marietta, PAOn Sunday, December 2, 2007, the 42nd Annual Marietta Candlelight Tour of Homes took place. All week the Borough of Marietta held its breath for the weather report, which had for the previous four or five days been predicting a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice and and rain.

The advance purchase tickets were probably not affected too much, but the on-site day of sale tickets definitely were down due to the dreary start of the day's weather.  As it  turned out, the temperature stayed just above freezing all day, so the on-and-off precipation was all rain - which failed to dampen the spirits of those who came out to appreciate the history and architecture of Marietta!

 At the Pioneer Fire Company, an antiques show was held.  Refreshments were also available.  The English Presbyterian Church held a Victorian Tea.  At the Marietta Community House, a craft show was held.  The Vesta Furnace Office Building, slated to be turned into a museum, was open to the public.  Saint John's Episcopal Church had hot lunches available.  Welcome in the cold, damp weather was excellent chicken corn chowder and a delicious pulled pork barbecue!

Marietta, PAThe Union Meeting House, built in 1818 and restored in the 1980s, had a table decorating display, including tables with themes of santas, foxes, tea for two, and children's dolls.  The Marietta Town Hall, now a museum, was on display with antique Fire Department equipment and Civil War relics.  The original town jail can also be seen under the Town Hall.

Eight private homes were open for display this year, including the original David Cook house, built circa 1760 at the top of what is now Bank Street.  Filled with period 18th century furniture, this was one of the high points of the tour.  The White Swan Tavern on Front Street, now a private home, was on display, as was the Victorian mansion built by Byrd Cassel, the grandson of lumber magnate Henry Cassel.  Buses were available to transport visitors from one location to another.

The Annual Marietta Cantlelight Tour is sponsored by the Marietta Restoration Association, formed in the 1960s to restore and preserve the architectural and historical heritage of Marietta.  The tour is held every year on the first Sunday of December.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsBrian Schulman • December 03 2007 02:55PM


Brian,  I love history and old architecture and would have enjoyed this very much.  Glad to hear it didn't snow.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago
Brian - Since I love historic properties, this is a tour I would have enjoyed.   Most of the home these days lack the details you find in the older homes since details can be costly.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Hi Brian,

It sounds like it was very well organized and covered a variety of different venues and historic buildings. The top picture looks like the one you owned and were restoring at one time....was it on the tour?

I wish they would hold one of these in my area.....perhaps I should join the heritage society like I've been saying I'm going to do, and organize one for next year.



Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 11 years ago

Carole, the lack of snow was a relief, but I'm sure the forecast kept a lot of folks from going.

Jennifer, the ambience inside these historic homes, with the fireplaces going, antique furniture and candlelight, was especially nice when contrasted with the raw weather outside!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago
Jo, you're observant!  That was a photo I had used previously.  The Linden House was on a Candlelight Tour years ago, but not this year.  Unfortunately, the weather was so lousy that I was unable to take good exterior photos.  I didn't want to have to wait until I could go back on another day, when the weather might be brighter but the news would be out of date...
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

Brian - This is a great idea and a way to get people interested and involved in history.  I wish they had one of these by me!

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) over 11 years ago
Thanks for stopping by, Sal!
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

Brian~ we just had our local house here in Montgomery.  It's done over 2 days.  The first day the homes are shown at night with the homes decked out in candles and thousands of lights, just gorgeous.

 I'm glad the weather got better for your tour.

Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago
Lisa, maybe it's a good idea to be spread over two days - the chances are better that at least one of the days will be decent weather!
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago