The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society will present its 2013 Holiday Home Tour Dec. 7 and 8 from noon-4 p.m.
Due to the great community support for the 2011 tour, which featured the “Old Eastmoreland” neighborhood, this year’s tour will focus on the “new” Eastmoreland subdivision, located east of Wheeling Street. The neighborhood was chosen because of its diverse assortment of home styles and histories.
The tour will feature six homes, each offering distinctive features. First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, will also be part of the tour.
Among the homes featured is the modest yellow home at 2942 Starr Ave. The home, which sits back from the street, is an all-metal “Lustron” home built in the late 1940s to provide housing for returning GIs. Except for the bathroom, nearly 100 percent of the structure is original.
Also on the tour will be the Colonial Revival home at 2705 Eastmoreland Blvd. The circa 1928 home was built by the parents of Roger VonEwegen, a local pharmacist and an OJHS member until his passing. The VonEwegen family continues to live in the home, which features many beautiful original furnishings as well as a number of items from the former pharmacy.
Advance tickets for the tour are $12 and may be obtained by calling Wanda at 419-691-8358, Connie at 419-693-2956 or 419-367-5254, or by stopping by Brandville School at 1133 Grasser Street, Oregon, during normal open hours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Thursday in November.
Day-of-event tickets are $15 and may be purchased only at Brandville School Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8. Upon payment, patrons will receive a brochure and a ticket which includes a map. Unlike previous years, it is no longer necessary to schedule a tour time. All six homes, First St. Mark’s and Brandville School will be open noon-4 p.m. both days. Ticket holders can begin their tours at any site.
A staff member will be on site at each stop to mark tickets and help with crowd flow. Those who attend Saturday and don’t have time to visit all stops may continue the tour of unvisited homes on Sunday. Tickets permit admission to each stop just once.
As always, Brandville School will be decorated for the holidays and complimentary cookies and beverages will be available. Tour participants are encouraged to enjoy the refreshments at any point.
The Holiday Home Tour is OJHS’s biggest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds benefit OJHS and support new and ongoing events.