Christmas Homes Tour draws a crowd

Lines were backed up to view the Benjamin Waller House on Saturday morning.

The Benjamin Waller House was open as part of the 58th Annual Christmas House Tour, which is put on annually by the Green Spring Garden Club.

According to Green Spring Garden Club staff, more than a 1,000 people visit the six homes.

The operation takes a lot of help.

Every year about 350 volunteers participate doing everything from hostessing, to selling tickets, photographing arrangements and distributing brochures, according to the Green Spring Garden Club website.

Local residents sat in line for almost 30 minutes waiting to participate in the 15 minute tour.

“We’re here to enjoy it and see some different homes,” said resident, Mary Alice Joss. “This is my first time.”

“This is an annual thing for me. The Garden Club does a fabulous job and it’s nice to see some homes you don’t usually get to see ,” said resident, Barbara Salins.

Bobbi Cullinan, travels from Florida every year and meets a friend from Ohio just for the home tour.

“I come to Williamsburg other times but this is the highlight,” Cullinan said.

Cullinan said traveling through history is what brings her back time after time.

“It’s so cool you’re walking on floorboards and going through houses that were there in the 1600s,” Cullinan said.

Cullinan visited the Benjamin Waller House and the five other houses on the tour on Saturday morning.

Money raised from the tours goes to toward scholarships at Christopher Newport, William and Mary and Virginia Tech students that are studying subjects related to horticulture and the environment. Funds also go toward the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens.

The tours had steady activity all day but staff said the mornings are the best time to participate.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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