The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Historic House Tour on Saturday, December 7 in Falls Village (snow date Sunday, December 8). Tickets can be purchased to benefit the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society at the advance price of $25 or $30 on the day of the tour. Children ages 8 to 16 are free.
The tour will begin with a brief welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store (107 Main Street) at 10:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. ticket holders may begin their self-guided tour. Four of the five locations on the tour will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Houses on the tour are not wheelchair accessible and strollers are not permitted in the houses.
There will be a Musical Review by the Children’s Theater at 2 pm (tickets for that event are $12) at the Center on Main located on 103 Main Street in a former Methodist Church. The Center will be open from 11am to 1pm on the day of the tour.
A superbly maintained single story Cape Cod style house known as “Twin Chimneys,” that was probably built by Charles Belden, Jr. in 1778 is a stop on the tour.
Another stop is the Samuel Robbins House built in 1790 that was once the main house at Robbins Farm that originally comprised more than 1000 acres. Ten direct descendants of the original Samuel Robbins have lived here including one Samuel Robbins that helped form the Robbins Burrall Trust Company that later merged to become the Salisbury Bank and Trust.
On Point of Rocks Road, leading out of the village center, is an 1840 barn at the home of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli. Repurposed with Mr. Roselli’s keen eye, it has become a relaxing space for entertaining while keeping a rural rustic feeling. An ongoing shopping quest for accessories that fit that goal goes on to this day.
On the day of the tour the Toymaker’s Cafe (7 AM-4 PM) and The Falls Village Inn will be serving guests and tour goers. The Falls Village Inn will be donating $5 to the Historical Society per meal for tour guests (Brunch 11 AM-3 PM, Dinner 5-10 PM). Be sure to show your tour ticket at either venue. There will also be a bake sale benefitting the Historical Society at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store.
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. Children 8 to 16 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: P.D. Walsh’s Country Store, Toymaker’s Cafe, The Falls Village Inn, Jacob’s Garage, D.M. Hunt Library, Falls Village Town Hall and at the Douglas Library and Stadium Systems in North Canaan or by calling the Historical Society at 860-824-8226. Cash or checks only.
Proceeds from the tour will help the Society renovate the museum at the Falls Village Railroad Depot.