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Walk through history

Sep 01, 2014 04:59PM, Published by Kerigan Butt, Categories: News

(Editor's note: This article first appeared in our Fall 2014 issue)

Over the past 28 years, the Candlelight Christmas Tour has been a family tradition in Chester County.

The event, which opens private properties to the public, is a showcase for the region's rich history. The homes and historic sites are decorated in traditional style, and candles light the rooms, just as they would have a century ago.

This year's tour will be held Dec. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. The spotlight is on the 300-year history of the 1714 Barns-Brinton House on Route 1. Participants can drive to any or all of more than 15 decorated homes and historic sites in Pennsbury and Kennett townships.

Tickets are available in advance online and are $20 per person. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $25 per person.

Proceeds from the tour help sustain the ongoing work to maintain and preserve the Historical Society's properties, the John Chads House and Spring House and the Barns-Brinton House; as well as support educational programs for students and the community.

Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, hospitality, performing music, parking and more. High-school students, famlies and retirees are welcome. The time commitment will be two and a half hours per shift, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., or 3:30 to 6 p.m. Call 610-388-7376.

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