Victorian Christmas Home Tours have record attendance

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Hundreds experienced Parkersburg history this weekend, in more ways than one.

The Julia-Ann Square Historic District held their 18th annual Victorian Christmas Homes tours Saturday and Sunday. People enjoyed Christmas decorations at five homes over 100 years old.

Organizers say, for the first time in the 18 years, they had more guests than tickets.

More than five hundred people took tours Saturday, and the 100 tickets they had for Sunday, were gone in minutes.

The five houses featured the home owners and guides in period attire throughout.

Judith Smith is one of those home owners. She says, "To me the workmanship and love that was put in to all these homes needs to be shared. Yes I take care of it right now, but it's really Parkersburg’s homes”

“People say, isn't it like living in a museum, and i say, not at all. And if it is, we like living in a museum."

Smith says the increase in turnout could be due to a Facebook page promoting the event used for the first time.

Guests paid $15 for a tour and tea Saturday, and $10 Sunday for self-guided tours.

Proceeds benefit the Julia-Ann Square Historic District.

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