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Lisbon Historic Christmas Home Tour is Nov. 22-23

November 16, 2008
By MATTHEW WHITE, Salem News staff writer

LISBON - Area residents interested in stepping inside of some of Lisbon's most beautiful homes will have the opportunity Nov. 22-23 during the Lisbon Landmark Foundation's Christmas Historic Home Tour.

"It's a great time. You get to see a lot of different ideas and different types of architecture," said Marilyn McCullough of the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce.

The tour will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday and will cost $12 per person. It includes five homes, The First Methodist Church and Country Wicks, a candle-making business located on Saltwell road.

McCullough said tickets will be punched when a person enters a home and that people will be able to split the tour up over two days and visit the locations in any order they wish.

"Old homes have a beauty of their own," McCullough said, as she highlighted some of the neat things about the homes on the tour.

One thing in particular she mentioned is a kissing porch at Timothy and Laura Talbott's home located at 307 W. Lincoln Way.

Fact Box

-The Blocksom home

located at 379 East Lincoln Way

-The Halverstadt home

located at 132 South Vine St.

-The Powell-Stewart home

located at 422 West Lincoln Way

-The Scott home located at

308 West Lincoln Way

-The Talbott home located at

307 W. Lincoln Way

-The First Methodist Church

located at 114 E. Washington St.

-County Wicks located at 38005

Saltwell Rd.

She said that in the past when teenagers would come home on dates the kissing porch was a room off of the kitchen where a boy could kiss his date while her father watched.

McCullough said the Talbott house also has a Mardis Gras-themed tree featured in its dining room and artwork by Salvador Dali displayed on its second floor.

Another interesting house on the tour is the Halverstadt home located at 132 South Vine St., which was built around 1805 and features a roofline defined by porches, turret gables and angular lines with slate and cedar roofing.

McCullough pointed out that those are only a few of the interesting highlights available on the tour and that people should come prepared to see some really unique in all of the homes.

Tickets may be purchased at Bye and Bye Hardware, Bill's True Value Hardware and the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce office prior to the tour and at the First Methodist Church the day of the tour.

Any questions about the tour may be directed to the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce at 330-424-1803.

Matthew White may be contacted at



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