You won’t want to miss Collegeville’s Third Holiday House Tour scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6th from noon to 4 p.m. sponsored by the non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC).
This year’s tour features five must-see homes:
Matthew Wismer’s Historic Victorian Farmhouse—Built originally as a summer home for PA Senator Lewis Royer in 1895, the history of this home has been beautifully preserved by five generations of the Wismer family. The house is also an amazing treasure trove of antiques and Matthew’s private collections of historic documents and memorabilia depicting local and US history. Also open for guests on the tour are Northern Star Farm’s smoke house, large event building and gift shop.
Perkiomen Valley School District’s first school house built in 1873—owned by Margie and Craig Clark, the schoolhouse was converted into a private residence, and has been carefully remodeled to both preserve its history and serve the needs of its 21st century family. This warm and inviting house is beautifully decorated with antiques and historic items, and the attic has been masterfully converted into a master bedroom suite and office.
Residence of Ursinus College’s new President, Brock Blomberg—Dr. Blomberg has graciously opened his home to area residents and welcomes them to his home. He has completely redecorated the President’s house and it has been transformed for the festive holiday season. If you visited the house when it was the home of Suzanne and Former President Bobby Fong, you won’t recognize it!
The Fulop’s Stratford Farms Home Decorated in French Country Style—With six children, Jill Fulop has creatively decorated her home to be beautiful yet functional. She has a talent for seeing beauty in old pieces, and has combined traditional furniture with her many unique finds, including from consignment shops and Craig’s list. After touring this home, you are guaranteed to walk away with creative decorating ideas!
Cathy Kernen’s Collegeville Crossing House—Cathy has totally transformed the look of her 23-year old David Cutler tract house by adding high-end moldings, columns, beams and other features along with bold colors. Her decorating is both traditional and functional, combining antiques and found items. Sliding glass doors line the back of the house to maximize the expansive view of the Perkiomen Creek wetlands. The house has also been insulated for maximum energy efficiency which will be explained on the tour.
Each house tour reservation also includes admission to the House Tour Reception from 3 to 6 p.m.at the new Brandywine Senior Living facility at Rt. 29 and Black Rock Rd. in Collegeville.
Tour goers can warm up, enjoy appetizers and refreshments, enjoy a tour of the facility if they wish and participate in a Silent Auction.
Cost of registration for the tour and reception is $25 per person, and $30 on the day of the event. For information or to register, go to www.collegevilledevelopment.org or call us at 484-975-2086 or e-mail her at [email protected]. Once individuals are registered for the tour they will be mailed a tour book describing each of the homes, a map with all the home locations, and a paper bracelet to wear that identifies them as a participant in the tour. On the day of the tour, individuals can visit the homes in any order between noon and 4 p.m.