Home Holiday Tour to highlight six sites

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Self-guided tourists can set their own pace while enjoying a tour of six remarkable homes in the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Tour hosts will share the history of the home, holiday treats (a vintage inspired sip or nip) and a tour of the main floor. Tourists will also be delighted with music along the streets as they move from home to home. All six sites are within easy walking distance and will be designated with luminaries at the front entrance.

The tour is being organized to highlight homes within the district that have particular significance in Piqua’s history. The district was registered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and this year’s tour includes properties on North Downing Street, Wayne Street and West Green Street. The goal of the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association is to enhance the awareness of these landmarks by highlighting their historical and architectural significance to the City of Piqua. Proceeds from this tour will be used to manufacture and place historic marker signs throughout the district.

2018 Holiday Tour homes

• Hughes-Wilkinson House (1880), owned by Barb and Tom Hudson, 608 N. Downing St.

• Dorsey-Jones House (1842), owned by Barb Hartzell, 618 Wayne St.

• Charles E. Yager House (1877), owned by Barbara & John A Schwarz, 321 W. Greene St.

• Herrmann House (1902), owned by Jennifer & Paul Herrmann, 600 N. Downing St.

• Francis Jarvis House (1851), owned by Susie & Wayne Pope, 220 W. Greene St.

• Godwin Volney Dorsey (1850), owned by Laura Jackson, 603 N. Wayne St.

The Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association, formed in 2017, has an established board of trustees composed of President Mary Frances Rodriguez; Vice President Don Smith; Secretary Laura Schwein; Treasurer Lori Hedberg, and board members Sue Smith (corresponding secretary), Chad Spruance (chair of fundraising), Shelley and Chuck Black (co-chairs of marketing/advertising) and Denise and Rick Klosterman. In 2018, the board will focus on expanding the group by contacting all property owners within the district and looks forward to many years of future tours and other activities that will highlight this beautiful region of our city.

Tickets for the tour are $25 per person, available at Mainstreet Piqua, Readmore’s Hallmark and the Allisten Manor’s Flower Box. For more information about each home prior to the tour, please watch the Piqua Daily Call and Facebook (Piqua-Caldwell Historic District) for weekly press releases featuring each home. There will also be a flyer available at the ticket outlets with a brief description of each property.

For further questions or inquiries about this association or to be included in future tours, email design52@woh.rr.com.

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