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Amelia Island Holiday Home Tour

Nov 10, 2014 04:36PM
TICKET INFORMATION Holiday Home Tour (5 homes) December 5 & 6 ~ 10am - 4pm

Tickets: $25 before December 5, $30 day of the tours. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more.Breakfast & Blooms – December 5 & 6 at 9AM sharp. Tickets are $25 and include breakfast and decorating tips from Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist. TICKETS ARE LIMITED.

Parking available at Museum or on streets surrounding each home. Free trolley service provided to all venues.

Tickets available at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South Third Street, by calling (904)-262-7378, or online at

Amelia Island loves the holidays! One wonderful tradition the community looks forward to each year is the Amelia Island Museum of History’s annual Holiday Home Tour. Each year, some very special properties are selected to be featured in this once-a-year event. This year’s tours will take place on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum and its Holiday Home Tour committee endeavor to find special homes that offer historical significance and interesting décor. Each house is decorated for the holidays by island decorators and designers.

This year’s special event, “Breakfast & Blooms,” will be held at Cafe Karibo. Served at 9 a.m. sharp both Friday and Saturday, the event will feature prize-winning Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist sharing decorating tips and creating an arrangement that will be raffled off.

“I am very excited about this year’s tour and the five unique homes being featured,” says Carla Foreman, chairman of the Holiday Home Tour for the third year. “Thanks to the gracious homeowners and our many volunteers and sponsors for their generous support.”

[heading style="subheader"]909 Atlantic Avenue (shown above)[/heading] The Hunter home has been carefully been built to fit in and reflect the Historic District that is its home. It is Georgia-Plantation in style and character, with white columns and welcoming porches. Completed in January 2014 by local builder Bryan Lendry, the home features many authentic historic elements, including a front door dating back to 1876.

For the second year in a row, a special ornament will be offered for sale. It is a brass image of the Hunter home and is $15. In addition, this year’s raffle items will be on display. The ornament and raffle tickets will be sold at the Hunter home.

[heading style="subheader"]326 South Seventh Street[/heading] This house is a tribute to those who do it themselves and are fans of the DIY (Do It Yourself) Network. The 1920s frame cottage with Tudor-revival details has been lovingly remodeled by owner Lynn Anderson, who took on a decade of projects to make her home “perfect for my needs.” Anderson won “Best Redo Living Space” from This Old House magazine in 2012 for turning an unfinished attic space into a lofty master suite.

[heading style="subheader"]401 South Sixth Street[/heading] A circa 1903 structure, the home is a typical local frame vernacular, noteworthy for its large cross-gable and recessed porch with turned ornamentation. The house is surrounded by carefully maintained gardens and collected artifacts, including an old bathtub with ornamental plantings. Owner Elsbeth Smith has collected an amazing assortment of memorabilia from her life living aboard tug boats and in exotic places around the world.

[heading style="subheader"]510 Beech Street[/heading] Built circa 1873, the home was the residence of John Ferreira, an engineer for the Florida Railroad, Florida’s first railroad company. Five generations of the Ferreira-Sturges families built additions and created memories in the home. It offers a welcoming porch across the front and is noted architecturally for its gable returns, transom over the entrance, arched glassed door panels, and verandah.

[heading style="subheader"]15 North Fourth Street[/heading] The Railroad House, built circa 1857, was home for workers employed by the Florida Railroad, hence its name. It has had many lives, including as a law office, boutique, bookstore, hair salon, reception area for Greyfield Inn, and as the Tabor House Bed & Breakfast in 1991, when 2,000 square feet were added to the original 1,100 square feet.

This year, the Holiday Home Tour is sure to put everyone in the mood for the holidays. The annual event is the Amelia Island Museum of History’s biggest fundraiser.