ROCKVILLE -- Tickets are currently available for the annual Rockville Holiday Home Tour.
The event is scheduled to take place from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.
Tickets are available at the Art Gallery in Rockville, located on the north side of the square. Those interested in purchasing tickets may save $1 by buying in advance. Regular ticket price is $8.
Four homes have been scheduled for the tour, and include the following:
The Butler-Davies Guest House
The home was built in 1913. It was occupied by the Nichols family until 1946. Dr. Richard Bloomer and wife Betty purchased the home and lived there for more than 50 years. The family raised five children in the home.
The family room, with two fireplaces and patio, was added in the 60s. In their later years, the master bedroom and bath were added to the first floor.
Dr. Bloomer joined the family practice of his father, Joseph, located in what is now the Community Foundation. This practice served a grateful community for many years.
The home on York Street was purchased by Butler Funeral Home to be used as the Butler-Davies Guest House. Their mission: To provide comfortable overnight accommodations to immediate family members of a deceased loved one.
The Callans Home
The home is listed by the National Register of Historic Places as "a one-and-a-half classical composite cottage" built in 1898.
The house and garage were built by L.W. Brown, a local builder, who constructed several homes in the district.
Thomas West, a pharmacist, was the first owner, followed by the Collings family and the Guy Alden family. The Aldens owned the home for 50 years. The Mike Garrison family purchased the home in 1973 and sold it to the Callans family in 2006.
Extensive renovation has been done to bring the home up to date while respecting the character of the original. This was done by local contractors as often as allowed.
Kevin Smith is responsible for the majority of the construction work.
The oak floors and trim is original, the gingerbread trim in the foyer has been recreated from parts found in a crawl space on the second floor. The carpet selection on the top floor was selected to represent the period. Deep warm colors along with lush furnishings were selected, creating an old world charm.
The inviting home is filled with window seats and leaded glass windows, along with numerous nooks and crannies to explore.
The Hiland Home
The home was built in the 1840s. It is tucked into a hillside and surrounded by what remains of the old Clay Tile Factory. It is a little house with a lot of history.
The Mecca Coal Company owned the structure. This is where their business was conducted.
Located off the front porch and near the front door was the paymaster's office. After collecting their earnings, the coalminers could go to the basement to purchase needed supplies in the Company Store.
Mrs. Hiland refers to her home as "Country-Victorian," with each room having a separate theme. Scattered throughout the antique furnishings, you will spot many of her favorite items. She is an avid collector, with kitchen utensils, old crocks, and glassware in abundance.
Helping with the holiday decorations will be daughter-in-law Leigh Ann Hiland.
The Swaim Home
Dubbed "The Nets" by the family because the top floor room is 30-40-feet above ground level and has windows and a porch on all four walls that overlooks the rolling hills and fields.
Nancy and her brother, Richard Swaim, designed the house in 2000. He was a builder known for building environmentally friendly structures. This was the last home he built and is especially dear to her.
The home is simple, built to conserve energy, while offering charm and comfort. A corn burner in the sitting area heats the entire structure due to the open floor plan with tall ceilings and fans. In the summer, the home maintains a temperature 10-degrees cooler than outside.
The basement has gravel filled walls and has never leaked. Just outside the back door is a white oak tree that is reportedly at least 300 years old. The wildlife is in abundance with a stream nearby. A perfect place to observe without disturbing.
The Swam family will host the home.
Maps for the tour are available at the gallery.
Those interested may also check out the "Sack Raffle" at the gallery. More than 20 items have been donated, including framed oil and pastel paintings, wood scroll pictures, pottery, crocheted items, jewelry, gift certificates and more. The drawing for prizes will be Dec. 21.
For more information, call the gallery at 765-569-9422, Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.