The Mount Airy Restoration Foundation presents its 27th annual Christmas Holiday Tour Dec. 1-2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the two day event are $15 each and they may be used both days.
Peggy Rees, president of MARF, said this year’s tour includes a variety of new homes, such as thosed owned by Jay and Melissa Moseley and Toby and Staci Hiatt and the Dogwood Cabin at White Sulphur Springs. Historical structures feature the Mayberry Manor Guest House, Edwards-Franklin House, Masonic Temple, Uptown Gallery, William Alfred Moore House and Gertrude Smith House.
Mayberry Manor Guesthouse
Jim and Aggie Stevenson are opening a recently-restored home that belonged to the Caudle family at Bannertown. The address is 1820 Westfield Road, Mount Airy. The couple, who bought Caudle’s Grocery in 1996 and renamed it D&J Galaxy Foodstore, also own the adjoining property that includes the stately two-story brick home. They have completely converted it into the Mayberry Manor Guesthouse and decorated throughout with fascinating furnishings. “The house is for guests who would like to stay several days or weeks,” said Aggie this week while adding final touches to each of the rooms. She is decorating both floors of the home for the Christmas season.
Jay and Melissa Moseley
Jay and Melissa Moseley have lived at 245 Savannah Lane in Country Manor Estates for 10 years. The two enjoy decorating and now have six gorgeous trees ready for the holidays. Melissa recently hosted a decorating party and her guests, Becky Brintle, Susie Jordan, Diane Sparks, Marti Loftis and Maria Tickle, lent their talents and helped put up some of the decorations for the tour. The rooms are all lovely with the dining room featuring a gold theme of blinging candles and Princess House dishes. The great room is highlighted with an 8-foot tree of red cardinals, berries, pine cones and birdhouses. Melissa said she loves having the state bird on display. A dalmation tree overlooking the entrance foyer holds tree ornaments that Melissa has collected for 25 years.
Toby and Staci Hiatt
Toby and Staci Hiatt are opening their home at 363 Red Brush Road, Mount Airy.
The Dogwood Cabin at White Sulpur Springs is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just one mile from historic Mount Airy. Owned by Burke Robertson Associates, Cabin No. 1 will be open for the holiday tour. The property is the site of the former historic White Sulphur Springs Hotel “circa 1910.” Guests enjoy the beauty and seclusion just as folks did at the turn of the century. Natural Christmas decorations will be seen throughout each room of the cabin.
Masonic Lodge Building
The present-day Masonic Temple was built on Franklin Street in 1921. The Granite Lodge #322 A.F. & A.M. was chartered in 1872 and during the early days, meetings were held in various places usually above stores in the city. The old Piedmont & Farmers Union Warehouse was torn down and in its place was erected the existing building. Grand Master J. Wilborne laid the cornerstone of the new building that year.
The Edwards-Franklin House, 4132 Haystack Road, Mount Airy, will be decorated with all native greenery transformed into festive decorations for the annual tour and celebration of a Victorian Christmas.
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