The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Four beautiful homes were decorated for the holidays and a Wine and Cheese reception was also offered.
The homes on the tour were adorned for the holidays to reflect each family’s traditions. Decorations included those from professional designers and from the homeowners themselves. “Newberry County has beautiful homes and this tour is the perfect chance to see some of the architectural history to be found here,” says Michelle Long, Newberry County Chamber of Commerce executive director.
One of the residences included on the tour was the Tootle home on Main Street. This home was designed by 16-year-old Earnest Summers and built by Cam Davis in 1905. “Winter at the Summer Home” gave a first glimpse of a whimsical, wintry production within the interior of the picturesque Greek revival home. The second home on the tour was the Routon Home on Main Street. This home was built in the mid 1800’s. It featured 13 foot ceilings with the original bead board, candle chandeliers and a beautiful parlor and library. Agnes Routon is a devoted miniature house builder and her craftsmanship was on display. The Wright-Turner home on Main Street was the third home on the tour. It was built in the early 1900's. David and Jennie Dubose bought the home in 1983. They have done extensive renovations including extending the back of the home and adding a kitchen and sunroom. The kitchen features beautiful marble counter tops and custom cabinets. The McCaughrin House was the fourth home on the tour. It was built after the Civil War by Robert McCaughrin, the President of The Bank of Newberry. It originally faced Main Street but was moved to Crenshaw Street in the 1930’s. It is a traditional 4 square footprint, 4 equal size rooms on the first and second floor with a central hall. The staircase is of a cantilevered design. The fireplaces and parquet flooring are original to the home. A collection of English flow-Blue china is displayed throughout the home.