Homes for the Holidays
Resurgent Brewer Avenue focus of annual candlelight tour
By Allison T. Williams
People attending the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society's 29th annual candlelight tour next weekend will be treated to a peep show.
This year's tour, which will focus on homes in the recently revitalized Brewer Avenue neighborhood, will start off with a "peep-in" at the Holland House. Located at the corner of West Washington Street and Brewer Avenue, the recently restored Queen Anne-style home now belongs to Ernest and Sandra Hefferon.
"Guests will be legal peeping Toms as they peek into the front door and windows from the wrap around porch," said Sue Woodward, the historical society's executive director. "The lace curtains will be parted and guests will be free to put their noses up to the windows and look."
The tour, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4, will feature six historic homes on Brewer Avenue. All the homes will be decked out in their holiday finery - fresh greens, candles and the like -in celebration of this year's theme, "Come Back to Brewer Avenue."
Houses in the spotlight include:
The Gay House, 104 Brewer Ave.
Lumberman M.E. Gay built the spacious classical Revival-style house around 1909, where three generations of his family lived. The recently restored house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ryan L. Brooks.
The Delk House, 106 Brewer Ave.
Smithfield native S.E. Delk began work on his Queen Anne-style house in 1909, shortly after buying the lot in Brewer Place development. The house, also recently restored, is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Bielmann.
The Morrison House, 110 Brewer Ave,
This Queen Anne-style house, which had been made into a duplex at some point in years past, is now being renovated by Garcia Development. Visitors to The Morrison House - also known as Holiday Central - can visit the Sugar
Plum Kitchen to
baked goods, hear the sweet sounds made by harpist Mary Margaret Jones and see Christmas trees that have been decorated by local
artists. The handcrafted ornaments on the trees will be for sale.
The Little House, 113 Brewer Ave.
The craftsman-style house was built for the Little family • sometime after 1920. Like many other homes on the street, the house is being overhauled by Garcia Development. Guests who
stop by next weekend will see works by local artist Sugar Barrow and a vintage linen show and sale by Fine Threads and Fine Linens.