To experience Old Louisville is to step back in time when friends and family gathered to celebrate the holiday season. Now that the season is upon us, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council takes great pride in the grandeur that surrounds the Victorianesque homes around Central Park. The detail and labor of love is seen in the architecture, yet the insides of the homes are filled with unique and exaggerated holiday displays. For a great many years, the owners of these beautifully designed and decorated homes opened their doors to the general public for the Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour.
The highlight of the tour is the Conrad-Caldwell Mansion, built in 1835 and once home to Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Conrad and Caldwell both were prominent business men in Louisville. The DuPont Mansion will be open at 1317 S. 4th Street featuring the Christmas spirit of Alfred Victor DuPont reciting the Ogden Nash classic, Jabez Dawes, The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus. High Victorian Tea will be served with seatings throughout the day featuring teas from England along with sweets and savories. Guests will experience 19th century tea as David Dominé, The Bluegrass Peasant, will prepare the food while harpist Nancy Stagner provides light music for the occasion. The residents of Old Louisville are very kind to open their homes and participate is such a lovely event to support the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council/ OLIC.
Complimentary parking is available at Cochran Elementary School (5th and Lee Streets) with a shuttle running to and from the Conrad-Caldwell House located at 1402 St. James Court. Eight mansions will be open during the event which runs daily from 12p-6p daily. Tour tickets are $25. Purchases can be made at the Old Louisville Information Center, Old Louisville Visitor Center, online at www.holidayhousetour.com or by calling (502) 635-5244. High Victorian Tea seatings are 11:30 AM; 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM. Please call the Old Louisville Information Center for additional information.