The Christmas candlelight tour was a success | Local

Go back in time to celebrate Christmas.

The Edenton Historical Commission held its 40th annual Christmas Candlelight Tour on December 10-11.

The annual tradition allows participants to visit the historic sites, homes and churches of downtown Edenton.

Participants had the opportunity to walk the streets, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and visit the places by candlelight on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Christmas Candlelight Tour had homes with never-before-seen decorations, homes that are rarely open to the public, and homes that were recently restored.

There was a mixture of houses from three centuries. The oldest house on the tour was built in 1840 and the most recent was built in 2001.

Owners, hostesses and guides were available in each of the homes to offer information on the history and unique features of the home.

Participants were greeted at the Edenton Baptist Church for a special concert by the church bell choir.

Visits were given to the decorated study of the old rector of the Episcopal Church of Saint Paul.

“The tour was really exciting, really beautiful and will bring hope and good humor, antidotes to the last tired years,” said Sally Frances Keyhayes.

The Penelope Barker House was open to visitors and those passing through town interested in last minute sightseeing tickets.

Refreshments were available inside the historic Chowan County Courthouse from 1767.

Participants had the opportunity to wander the streets of downtown Edenton on the self-guided tour or take a horse-drawn carriage ride from site to site.

This event is one of the largest fundraisers each year for the Edenton Historical Commission. The organization uses event funds to help with restoration and preservation projects and to promote education about historic Edenton.

For more information on the Edenton Historical Commission, call 252-482-7800 or visit the Penelope Barker House, 505 South Broad St. in Edenton.

Leslie Beachboard is editor-in-chief of Bertie Ledger-Advance and The Enterprise. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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