Holiday home tour

HOPE – A distinctive rural flair will be featured during the 13th annual Christmas Homes Tour sponsored by the Yellow Trail Museum in Hope.

Only one of the five homes on the self-guided tour is within the Hope town limits, museum spokeswoman Barb Johnson said.

But many of the rural homes featured during the Friday tour are historic structures that have recently undergone extensive renovations, Johnson said.

One home offers recently installed unique windows and a spiral staircase, while another is part-barn and part-residence, she said.

Hosts who will welcome up to 250 anticipated guests from 6 to 9 p.m. during the tour are:

  • Cat Reeves
  • Kelly Jo and David Ellis
  • Kayla and Wesley Whittington
  • Aleah and Davis Smith
  • Sheila and Nathan Downey

The sixth and final stop on the tour will be Willow Leaves, a consignment shop, antique store, restaurant and performing arts center at 326 Jackson St.

The museum, which receives all proceeds, will also be open during the tour for rest breaks and a smorgasbord of snacks, Johnson said.

Presenting different homes can be a challenge every holiday season, but the task became more difficult than usual this year, Johnson said.

Four of the five homes originally booked for the tour cancelled two weeks before the deadline, she said.

“But then, we started to get phone calls from people who wanted to be on the tour,” Johnson said.  “We’ve got some very interesting homes this year.”

Tickets, which come with a map and driving directions, are $10.

If you go

What: 13th annual Christmas Homes Tour

Highlights: Self-guided holiday tours of five homes and one business in and around Hope.

Sponsor: Yellow Trail Museum Visitor Information Center

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $10. Available in advance at Reflections Hair on the Square, 623 Harrison St.; Willow Leaves, 326 Jackson St.; or at the Yellow Trail Museum Visitor Information Center, 644 Main St. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the museum starting at 5 p.m.

Questions: 812-546-8020 or 812-371-7969.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.