Third Annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour Set for Dec. 10

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission will host its third annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. Three private homes and a historic hotel near the oceanfront will be open for tours this year. The homes are Greystone Manor, circa 1906; Shirley Hall, circa 1940; and the Frank Lloyd Wright house, circa 1959.  All of the homes will be decorated for the season by local garden clubs. The Cavalier Hotel, built in 1927, will also be open as part of the tour and two restored guest rooms will be featured at that property.

Come discover the architecture and history behind some unique houses in Virginia Beach.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 each at the Francis Land House (385-5100), Lynnhaven House (460-7109) and Adam Thoroughgood House (460-7588). Ticket holders are encouraged to park at the Cavalier Hotel and board chartered transportation to the houses.  Additional activities at the Cavalier will include music by Marsha Wallace, blacksmith demonstrations and refreshments.

The Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises the council and the Departments of Museums and Planning on historic preservation issues in Virginia Beach.  The commission has developed the annual homes tour to foster cooperative activities among historic property owners and to increase public awareness of Virginia Beach’s many outstanding historic resources.

For more information about the tour, please contact Marianne Littel at (757) 460-4051.  For more information about the Preservation Commission, please contact Mark Reed at (757) 385-5104.