Event Venue • Historic Tours • The Woman's Club
2008 Christmas Tour of Homes
This year's Christmas Tour featured some of Fayetteville's most beautiful HISTORIC homes! The organizer, Mrs. Betty Muncy, put together a fantastic tour. Thank you, Betty, for this year's excellent tour and for all the past year's equally beautiful Christmas tours.
All quotes on this page were written by or given to Amneris Solano, staff writer for the Fayetteville Observer.
"Stepping into a historic home decorated with garlands, tinsel and Christmas lights will awaken your inner Tiny Tim."
Thank you to all of this year's homeowners for your enthusiastic participation. Your homes were beautifully decorated and your care and love for the holiday season was evident.
* Dr. Michael and Dawn Bryant, The Hale House *
"History: The home, which dates to 1847, was built by E.J. Hale, who bought the Carolina Observer and changed the name to The Fayetteville Observer in 1825. The Bryants and their four children have lived in the home since 1997.
"Decor: Christmas at the Bryant home is a family affair. Christmas trees decorate the children’s room. The couple’s youngest daughter has a cute Christmas tree trimmed in pink in her room. There are six trees in all and 10 separate Christmas villages. 'We do this every year,” Bryant said."
* Tim Edwards, The Robert Strange Town House*
“'A lot of the decor has to do with collections,' Edwards said. 'I collect Christopher Radko and Swarovski ornaments. I have 17 years worth of Swarovski ornaments. It’s just kind of exciting. My son goes with me normally.'”
"History: The federal-style house was built around 1817 on a hill that overlooks downtown Fayetteville. Robert Strange was a U.S. Senator from 1836 to 1840. The house was a wedding gift following Strange’s marriage to the daughter of William Kirkland, family tradition says. Tim Edwards, a local lawyer, has lived in the home since June.
"Decor: Two 12-foot-tall Christmas trees — decorated in splashes of copper, brown and gold — adorn a stairway and a den inside the grand home. Garlands, also sprinkled with copper, brown and gold, snake up the rails of the staircase. The dining room glitters in touches of silver.
* Dr. & Mrs. Richard Falter *
* Mr. & Mrs. Greg & C.J. Malson, The Rose House *
“'I think people have a fascination with old homes,' said C.J. Malson, one of the homeowners on the tour. 'People love to see the workmanship.'
"History: The circa 1911 home belonged to U.S. Rep. Charlie Rose, who represented Fayetteville from 1973 to 1997. The Malsons have lived in the home for seven years and are only the third owners.
"Decor: C.J. Malson said she chose a “whimsical Mardi Gras theme” for the Christmas decorations. Vivid purples, lime greens and pinks add a modern flare to the traditional style of the home. “I think everybody expects all the old homes to be more traditional,” she said."
* Dr. Larry Bruce Norris *
* Lt. Col. Patrick & Andrea Powers *
Thank you very much for helping the Woman's Club preserve Heritage Square.
Take Part in 2009
The Woman's Club accepts requests to be part of the annual Christmas Tour of Homes throughout the year. If you are interested in featuring your home on our tour, please contact Heritage Square at (910) 483-6009, or email the club.
Tickets for the 2008 tour were $10.00 each, available at the doors and by pre-purchase. All proceeds are for the restoration and preservation of Heritage Square.
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