Old Louisville opens up for the Holiday House Tour

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The 33rd Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, from noon until 6 pm. The 2009 tour, presented by the Old Louisville Information Center, features seven Old Louisville homes, select Bed & Breakfast Inns, and The Puritan. The beautiful 1895 Conrad-Caldwell House Museum on St. James Court is a star attraction on the tour where Christmas and Hanukah shoppers will find great holiday gift ideas in the basement gift shop including a special silent auction of gingerbread houses to benefit the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park.

During the tour, The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a high Victorian Tea at the Inn at the Park, 1332 South Fourth Street, each day with seatings from noon until 4 pm. The Tea will feature English teas and a tasteful sampling of savories and sweets reminiscent of holiday teas in the 19th century.

The food will be prepared by David Dominé, The Bluegrass Peasant, and served by the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Volunteers. Entertainment will be provided by harpist, Nancy Stagner. Tea Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance like the tour tickets. Tea Tickets may also be purchased during the tour at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum or at the Inn at the Park. All proceeds from the tea go to The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. The 2009 Floral Designer Showcase Competition theme is “Christmas Stars over Old Louisville”. Each participating home has been assigned a volunteer floral designer to decorate the home’s entryway using Christmas Stars in the design. The competition is judged by a panel of five volunteer judges. Awards will be presented for first, second, third, and honorable mention. Winners will have exterior Competition Award signs prominently displayed in the front yard during the tour. Visitors on the tour are invited to vote for their favorite to determine the special People's Choice award.

Advance discount tickets are on sale now through December 4th. Tour tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Old Louisville Visitor Center, online or by calling 502.635.5244.

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