Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The 33rd Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will be December 3, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The tour, presented by Oaklands Mansion and Franklin Synergy Bank, will feature beautiful and historic homes and distinctive churches. The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Mansion where interpreters in period attire will guide you through the rich history of this gracious home.
The proceeds of the tour make possible the continued preservation and educational programming of this historic treasure. Purchase advance tickets (either online at OaklandsMansion.org or in the museum shop) by 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 and receive a special price of $12.50 for adults. Admission is $15.00 per adult at the door, $5.00 students and children, free for ages 5 and under. On the night of the tour, tickets can be purchased at any home on the tour or at Oaklands’ Museum Shop.
“The Candlelight Tour of Homes has been a Middle Tennessee tradition thirty-three years in the making,” said James Manning, Executive Director. “Tour goers love that they can begin at any location and if they have not already purchased a ticket in advance at OaklandsMansion.org, they can buy one at any home on the tour. The churches are free, of course! You will have the option to walk the tour route, drive, or you may choose to move your car a time or two. You can find the tour route on our website when you buy tickets on-line. Each stop will be marked with a red sign and flickering candles. As you make your way, you will enjoy the melodies of carolers from local schools and churches. On the lawn of Oaklands Baptist Church, see a live nativity displayed by Southeast Baptist Church’s Bethlehem Marketplace. Be sure to stop by some of our favorite food trucks and have dinner, a snack, or just a warm beverage. A portion of their proceeds will be given back to support Education and Preservation at Oaklands Mansion!”
Stops along the holiday tour include these historic buildings:
- Oaklands Mansion, 900 North Maney Avenue
- Oaklands Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 711 North Maney Avenue
- Mr. & Mrs. Rhea Cole, 619 North Maney Avenue
- Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Patrick- Carriage Lane Inn, 413 North Maney Avenue
- Mr. Bobby Turman & Ms. Sheryl Miller- Hippie Haven, 420 East Burton Street
- Mr. & Mrs. Rob Baker- One Cute Dish, 217 North Maney Avenue
- Allen Chapel, A.M.E. Church, 224 South Maney Avenue
- Mr. & Mrs. Jim Smythe, The Collier-Crichlow-Smythe House, 511 East Main Street
- Drs. Elizabeth & Robert Bray, 521 East Main Street
- First Baptist Church, 200 East Main Street
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 315 East Main Street
- First Presbyterian Church, 210 North Spring Street
- The Woman’s Club, 221 East College Street
- Ms. Sandi Baylis, The Childress-Ray House, 225 North Academy Street
- Mr. Michael Graves & Mr. Doug Willard, 304 East Lytle Street
- Ms. Tracy Toy, Quinn’s Mercantile, 301 North Spring Street
- The Ransom School House, 717 North Academy Street
The 2016 Candlelight Tour of Homes is made possible through the generous support of: Franklin Synergy Bank, H&N Heating & Air Conditioning, Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Bell with HylaBrook Antique Mall, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. William Ledbetter, Mr. & Mrs. Don Midgett, Tim Montgomery CPA PLLC, Mr. & Mrs. Greg Sample, Sellers & Sellers, PLLC Attorneys at Law, Mr. & Mrs. David Sevier, Mr. & Mrs. Ben Weatherford, and Mr. & Mrs. Don Weatherspoon.
Oaklands Mansion is a non-profit educational organization. For information on becoming a member or a volunteer, please call (615) 893-0022 or email: info@OaklandsMansion.org.