Photo Gallery: Newtown Holiday Tour 2019

Nutcrackers line the fireplace at the Poplar hill Mansion during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
“Bears” drink tea at the Gillis-Grier House during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Sara Knight, daughter of the owners John and Charleen Burik of the Gillis-Grier House explains the history of the house during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Folks enter the B. Frank Kennerly House during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Adam Woodis, owner of the B. Frank Kennerly House explains the history of the home to Danny and Julie Winn during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Docent Josephine Smith inside the B. Frank Kennerly House during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Carolers from the Newtown area (all neighborhood folks) sing Christmas carols inside the Poplar Hill Mansion during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. They traveled from home to home on the tour. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Tracy and Don Ritter of Salisbury look at a train display inside the Poplar Hill Mansion during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Susanna Moore of Salisbury looks at the Christmas Tree inside Poplar Hill Mansion during the annual Historic Newtown Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Todd Dudek for The Salisbury Independent.)
Annie LaFragola, left, niece of the owners and Sara Knight, right, daughter of the owners, pose in periodic clothing out in front of the Gillis Grier House during the tour. (Patrick Knight Photo.)

The magic of the winter holiday season is associated with the warmth of friendship, community, nostalgia and anticipation during the darkest, coldest season of the year, making the winter holiday season a perfect time for festive historic house tours.

Hence, the 2019 Newtown Holiday Tour of Homes was held earlier this month in one of Salisbury’s oldest and grandest neighborhoods. Organized by the Newtown Neighborhood Association, visitors enjoyed an opportunity to visit a few of the area’s prominent historic houses, welcomed by docents who will discuss various aspects of the house itself, the families who built and occupied the homes and highlights of daily life in Salisbury’s past.

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