Tuesday, December 6, 2022

More Parkersburg House Tour

34, overcast, rain expected.

More photos from the homes we toured. I would like to see these homes one day without the Christmas decor, just to enjoy the windows, lights, and woodwork.

Chandeliers! I love them, and there were many to see. And stained glass, another love of mine.


The placement of this window highlighted its simple shape.


In one of the rounded rooms. Towers seemed to be a popular feature when these homes were built. Perhaps because of the light they allowed in?


Even the hardware was exquisite. 



In another of the round rooms.



Oolala!


Just so elegant.



Look at the detail on this chair. The handle in the center is brass. This was in the breakfast room of one home. There were 6 or 8 of these matching chairs.


Check out the pull chain!


Does this lamp make you think of a jellyfish? So pretty though.


I believe this punch set is Blenko glass.


I will have a few more to post tomorrow!

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Parkersburg Historic Homes Tour

25 and a heavy frost again this morning. Rain expected tonight.

In Parkersburg,  a town of about 30,000--and 4th largest in West Virginia--there is a district of beautiful historic houses, some dating back as far as 1830 and possibly earlier. The area where the best of these homes are located is called Julia-Ann Square,  and within the area is the former home of the state's first governor, Arthur Bozeman, elected when West Virginia was formed, in the midst of the Civil War.

Each Christmas a tour of a few of these homes is offered, and this year I wanted to go. I had met the owners of one of the homes when they visited the antique mall when I was working, and their enthusiasm convinced me to go.

So Sunday my friend L. and her 9 year old granddaughter and I headed to Parkersburg. We stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel, where a beautiful fire was burning merrily in the huge fireplace. 

The Sunday tour was self-paced, not a guided tour like the ones on Friday and Saturday. This suited us better since having a young one with us might not have worked out so well. 

We had a wonderful time, even though we only got to 4 of the 5 homes. Self-paced was perfect as we could take our time in the places we wanted to linger, could skip steep stairs to third floors if we wanted to, and could meander along the streets. I was taking lots of pictures, of course!
Here are just a few of them.

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More tomorrow!

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Out and About

41 this morning and cold rain, clearing off to be sunny and cold. The temp said 54, but the wind!

An afternoon out today. I worked in my booths the past 2 days so this morning was time to clean up the house, then off we went. First stop, our favorite little lunch place for sandwiches and libations. 


We like this place because a friend owns it, buy also because the food is reasonable and good, and we are surrounded by arts and crafts. So nice.

Across the street, a pink door. 


Then a little shopping in town, a drive out to the country to shop at a friend's shop that's only open once a month. We had a nice visit, then back to town for gas, a few things at the grocery store, drop-off at the thrift, and now we are back at our friend's lunch place to wait for the Christmas parade. 

While I am waiting, a cranberry mimosa.


 Just a nice day all around.


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