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Saturday, November 26, 2016

DICKENS EVE HOUSE TOUR

WELLSBORO—The Dickens Eve House Tour on Friday, Dec. 2 will include four historic homes in downtown Wellsboro. Tours will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

For advance reservations, call 570-787-7800, visit www.endlessmountain.net or stop in at Indigo Wireless at 64 Main Street in Wellsboro. The house tour ticket price for those who register in advance is $15 per person.

Tour tickets for $20 each can be purchased on Dec. 2 between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Everyone, those who have pre-registered and those who are registering the day of the tour, are required to check in at the house tour station in the lobby at the Deane Center. There, each person will receive a handout that will include a brief history of each home, the refreshment stop location and other information.

The Dickens Eve House Tour includes three different Victorian style homes and their counterpoint, the 25 Meade Street foursquare, which was built by 1920. Popular in the mid 1890s to the late 1930s, the foursquare American house style was a reaction to ornate Victorian architecture.

Other homes on the Dec. 2 tour include 129 Main Street, a William Morris Victorian; 28 Central Avenue, a Gothic Revival built by 1880; and 49 Central Avenue, a Victorian built in 1870.

During its lifetime, the home at 129 Main Street has been a private home, a nine-bed hospital and a bed and breakfast. In 1997, it became the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast and in 2002 was renamed La Belle Auberge after being purchased by Nelle Rounsaville. In December 2013, her granddaughter Laura Lee exchanged wedding vows with Jesse Robinson on the grand staircase. In 2016, the Robinsons purchased it and today share this grand, historic home with their La Belle Auberge Bed and Breakfast guests.

The architectural style of 28 Central Avenue, now Emerge Healing Arts & Spa and the home of Jesse and Laura Lee Robinson, is also referred to as Victorian Gothic. The Robinsons purchased it in 2013.

One of the houses on the Dickens Eve Tour is 28 Central Avenue, a Gothic Revival architectural style duplex.

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