Victorian homes on display for holidays
The 20th annual Victorian Home Christmas Tour will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in Carson City. The self-guided tour features 15 sites in the west’s largest district of 1800s-era Victorian homes, all decorated in classic, turn-of-the-century holiday style.
Costumed docents will be on hand to share the history behind each of the featured edifices – a collection that includes homes, century old school buildings, churches and businesses. Refreshments and period-style entertainment will be provided inside selected dwellings.
The tour begins on the east side of Carson City at the J.D. Roberts House, 1207 North Carson St. Among the featured sites on the tour are the Bliss Mansion – home of Duane Bliss, a lumber and railroad magnate; the Orion Clemens House – home of Nevada’s first Territorial Secretary and frequent destination of Mark Twain; and the First Methodist Church – the land was purchased in 1867 for a pair of boots and $25.
The Victorian Home Christmas Tour is presented by the Carson City Historical Society and Carson City Redevelopment. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Cloth Cottage. They will be available at the Roberts House Museum on the day of the tour. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 5 and under are free.