Events: East Row Victorian Christmas Tour

By Stef Fuhr

Step into the 19th century for the 17th annual East RowVictorian Christmas Tour from noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday inthe East Row Historic District of Newport. The tour will showcaseseven historic homes, five of which have never opened to thepublic.

The event will begin with the mansion tour where visitors willwalk through the Queen Anne and Italianate-style homes that featuremany original historic amenities: wood, marble or slate fireplacemantles, ornate staircases and plaster crown moldings. The mansionand other residences will be decorated in their best holidayfinery. In addition, visitors can gather great home ideas fromnewly renovated kitchens, master suites and bathrooms along withseveral decks featuring spectacular views of the Cincinnatiskyline.

The district is listed on the National Register of HistoricPlaces and has been called “one of the finest urban historicareas in Kentucky.” St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, an 1897Victorian Gothic structure at Eighth and Monroe streets, will serveas a rest stop and present a Christmas bazaar. For the convenienceof visitors, a shuttle will make periodic stops along the routeduring tour hours. While the East Row Historic District might beeasily maneuvered by wheelchairs, the homes on the tour are nothandicapped accessible. Tour tickets are $18 per person and will beavailable at the James Taylor Mansion, 335 E. Third St., duringtour hours. Advanced tickets are $15 each and can be purchasedonline. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Echo Soup Kitchen,Holy Spirit Outreach Food Pantry and St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchFood Pantry.

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