ST. MARYS, GA. | St. Marys Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday night will feature six private homes, four historic chapels and the historic Spencer House Inn all decorated and lit for the season.
The first stop is usually historic Orange Hall, but the historic house is undergoing some structural repairs and attendees can start anywhere they like on the tour. Tour organizers are encouraging them, however, to begin at the Spencer House where night-of-tour tickets will be on sale.
Homes confirmed for the tour include the 1874 folk Victorian Collier-Casey House and the Commissary Cottage, one of its vacation rentals on the marsh. The updated house also includes the Captain’s Quarters, a second story area overlooking the marsh and Cumberland Island to the east.
Others include a couple of houses built in 1870, the Floyd’s mill house cottage and the John Rudolph House on Osborne Street. The 1911 Bachlott-Porter house is also on the tour.
As in past years, First Presbyterian Church will display more than 100 nativity scenes from around the world in its sanctuary and fellowship hall, St. Marys United Methodist Church will have its historic 1856 chapel open for visitors and the St. Marys Catholic Chapel and St. Marys Episcopal Chapel will also be open for the tour. The Coastal Chamber Ensemble will perform Christmas music in the Episcopal Chapel through the evening.
Refreshments will be along the route including some sweets and hot drinks at the Spencer House Inn and St. Marys United Methodist Chapel.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event and may be bought at the St. Marys Welcome Center until 5 p.m. on tour day. After that, tickets will be available only at the Spencer House where maps will be available for the self-guided tour.
Other events include the Plum Orchard Christmas tour on Cumberland island on Dec. 10 and the live nativity at Orange Hall on Dec. 12.
On Dec. 21, the city will host its Candlelight Christmas Walk and Caroling.
For more information on the tour or other events call the St. Marys Welcome Center at (912) 882-4000 or consult the website VisitStMarys.com.
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405