The annual USGHA Holiday Home Tour will be held from noon to 5pm on Sunday, December 3rd. Tickets are $10, and may be pre-purchased by phone at 937-378-3087 or at Donohoo's Drugstore on the square.
The tour is self-guided and will begin at the Boyhood Home, 219 E. Grant Ave, where tickets will also be sold.
Every ticket will come with a tour packet and map, and will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a John Ruthven-Thompson House Basket.
Locations this year include:
Ammen House - Father of both a Brigadier General and a Rear Admiral, David Ammen built this home on the courthouse square in 1826. Purchased and restored in 2005, visitors are invited to see the walled garden and large collection of vintage toys.
Home Street Haven - A bed-and-breakfast which often acts as a local arts education center, this American Foursquare style home was built in the late 1890's and only recently opened to the public.
John Thompson / Klosterman House - Built in 1851 by William Thompson, this three story Greek Revival has bee meticulously restored by Ken Klosterman and his late wife Judy. Overlooking the Ohio Valley, this is one of the finest homes in the state, if not the country.
Tunnel Mill - Commissioned by John Thompson in 1843, this was one of three mills he owned in Brown county. Unique in its construction, it uses an aqueduct-like tunnel to run water several hundred feet from White Oak creek to turn a 3½ story waterwheel. The Professor Faris magic show will be performing at various times during the tour.
Louden House - Built in the 1880's, this Queen Anne Revival was home to Colonel DWC Loudon after the Civil War. Holiday decorations will include a two-story tree and festive stained glass.
US Grant Boyhood Home - Wonderfully decorated for a Victorian Christmas, the General himself will be on-hand to meet visitors and tell stories.