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Event Date: Saturday December 7, 2013

                                                                
Pioneer Museum' s 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour & Gift Market, Fredericksburg Texas
 
Perhaps most indulgent of all, the tour provides a rare glimpse into historic private homes that have been meticulously restored and lavishly decorated for the holidays by talented designers who know how to masterfully create a celebratory mood. This year it’s going to be an historic tour, a step back in time to see properties constructed around the 1880s.

 

 

Fredericksburg, Texas (November 19th, 2013) - Of all the holiday events planned for this year, expect the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum's 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour to be among the most irresistible. Tour proceeds support Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum.


Perhaps most indulgent of all, the tour provides a rare glimpse into historic private homes that have been meticulously restored and lavishly decorated for the holidays by talented designers who know how to masterfully create a celebratory mood. This year it’s going to be an historic tour, a step back in time to see properties constructed around the 1880s. Guests will learn more about the history of the area and tour historic private homes in the community of Cherry Spring.


Woven throughout this year’s self-guided tour, set for December 7th, is the rich history of Cherry Spring, a German settlement about 18 miles northwest of Fredericksburg. One showstopper will be Das Alte Haus (the old house). It was constructed in 1879 by German native Diedrich Rode, who was a farmer, rancher, teacher and Lutheran lay minister. The three-story limestone home, which also served as a house of worship, has outside walls that are 27-inches thick at the foundation. An ambitious restoration in 1997 modernized the home, while carefully preserving its original character. Wherever possible the home’s architectural details dictated the design. Interiors are furnished with antiques from Texas and Europe. Four Christmas trees will be on display in the Big House. The living room's tree will make a strong statement with its shimmering German Kugel glass ornaments.

 

Home of Dian and Harlan Stai Das Alte Haus (built in 1879)

 

The Tour includes several other restored homes and buildings on the Mansefeldt property as well as a few historic landmarks in Cherry Spring. Docents will be on hand at each site to talk about the history, furnishings and decorations. Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll see on the tour:


Kitchen Haus. Constructed in 1877 of flint rock stone found on the site, this structure was the first to be built in Cherry Spring. It served as the Rode family home while the Big House was under construction, later becoming an auxiliary kitchen and laundry. The upstairs was used as sleeping quarters for students who stayed with the Rode family while attending school, studying for confirmation or working on the ranch. For the tour, the Kitchen Haus will be delightfully decorated with a gingerbread house, carousel, toys and candy ornaments.


Carriage Haus. This former barn that once accommodated wagons, feed and hay was reinvented as a charming living space with recycled barnwood cabinets, Texas limestone floors and countertops, and circular stairs salvaged from a historic building in Chicago. The structure’s original roof was repurposed as the painted red ceiling in the loft. Outside is an infinity pool and a rose garden.
The Stacy Draper residence. Although this former ranch-hand house retains its quiet setting and rustic exterior, the interior has been dramatically updated and furnished to reflect the tastes of its current resident, who is an event coordinator. Step inside and be wowed at his flare for the comtmepoary to fill this ranch house with, chrome, glass and crystal. Manhattan has come to Texas!


Home of David Ross and Brent Waldoch. This limestone house was built in 1879 by Otto and Antonie Marschall, the daughter of Fredericksburg founder John Meusebach. In 1999, new owners began rebuilding and reworking the home, meticulously blending the old with the new. Today, the home sits amidst a picturesque landscape of flowering plants and tall oak trees. In back is a breathtaking view of the pool and rolling hills beyond. For the holidays, the decor in the main part of the home will offer a nod to its German roots with traditional trimmings.

 

Home of David Ross and Brent Waldoch

 

Wilhelm Marschall home. Built in the 1870s for Wilhelm Marschall and his wife Luise Weiss, this rustic stone home originally featured four rooms, an attic and cellar. When the house was restored in 2012, it gained two bathrooms, a sitting room and laundry space.


Marschall cabin. This one-room cabin once served as home for several members of the Marschall family. But during a 2012 restoration, a concealed floor joist gave up the secret of its origin: It had been built by Bernard Lange in 1879. That joist was repurposed as a roof rafter. Today, the modest cabin also has an adjoining bathroom -- built from salvaged Texas.
Sheep Barn. This structure has undergone several transformations, from an open sheep pen to a living quarters for the shepherd to near rubble (after a fire) to what it is today -- a rebuilt party space suitable for grand modern affairs. During the Holiday Home Tour, the Sheep Barn will be transformed into a busy Gift Market with a variety of selected vendors including the Pioneer Museum. You’ll also find a coffee bar with flavored coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.


The Christ Lutheran Church. This small structure was built in 1906. Until 1922, services were held here in German, which reflected the heritage of the congregation. Still in use, this limestone church is surrounded by oak trees and a rolling hillside.
The Cherry Spring Schoolhouse. Built in 1885, the schoolhouse is a designated Texas Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The limestone structure now serves as a community center.


Marschall-Meusebach Cemetery. The beautiful stone-walled cemetery is the burial site of Fredericksburg founder John O. Meusebach born in 1812 and dies in 1897.


Pioneer Museum, located at 325 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased on line or at the Museum. Tour hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


On the following Saturday, Dec. 14, is the museum’s other major holiday event, the Tannenbaum Ball. Attendees will enjoy a catered three-course seated dinner, entertainment by The Flying GT’s, and a live and silent auction with items. This fundraiser starts with cocktails at 7 p.m. There is an open bar. Tickets are $125 per person if purchased by Dec. 6, and $150 up to the day before the ball. Call 830-990-8441,
www.pioneermuseum.net
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Pioneer Museum' s 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour & Gift Market, Fredericksburg Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas - Of all the holiday events planned for this year, expect the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum's 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour, Saturday December 7th, $25 per person, to be among the most irresistible. Tour proceeds support Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum. Feel good about supporting Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum and have an opportunity to shop at the new Gift Market. The tour provides a rare glimpse into historic private homes that have been meticulously restored and lavishly decorated for the holidays. Step back in time to see properties constructed around the 1880s in the community of Cherry Spring.  Follow this with the 6th Annual Tannenbaum Ball, $150 per person, on Saturday, December 14. www.pioneermuseum.net
 

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