Marietta Candlelight Tour of Homes
The 51st Annual Event is December 4th
The historic river town of Marietta has some of the most striking architecture in the Susquehanna Riverlands. Incorporated in 1812, this quaint town is nestled on a bend of the Susquehanna River north of Columbia. In colonial times, the area has been known as Anderson’s Ferry; named for the Rev. James Anderson, who had a ferry at his riverfront farm. Over a number of growth spurts, the area was divided by lottery for lots and streets were aligned. Through the next century, Marietta boomed with industries like timber and iron smelting. Each boom and bust reshaped the town. These changes produced a beautiful architectural gallery of homes in Colonial, Federal, and Victorian styles. More than half of the town is designated as a National Historic district.
Marietta’s annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is a great way to explore the beautiful architecture of Marietta and support its preservation. The Marietta Restoration Associates hosts the walking tour, now in its 51st year. A wide array of private homes and public buildings are open for tour. There are a variety of other activities to enjoy during the tour including:
- Wine tasting hosted by Nissley Vineyards at locations along the way
- Gourmet popcorn hosted by Half Nuts Popcorn
- Explore the train exhibit hosted by CoolTrains
- Be inspired by the Gingerbread House Contest
- Meet various local artists and craftspeople at several locations
- Hop on the Rivertowne Trolley
- Take a selfie with the Jane Austen Society Carolers dressed in period costume
- Tour restored public buildings in Marietta including the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center
It’s obvious to see why the tour lasts from 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday, December 4th. You can easily spend the day exploring and enjoying this historic Susquehanna Riverlands town.
Judging the tour this year is Hope Byers, Columbia Crossing Manager for Susquehanna Heritage and Gina Frey, owner of Half Nuts Popcorn. The two will tour the homes Friday night and Saturday morning choosing winners.
Funds generated support the preservation of Marietta’s prized architectural buildings including the Old Town hall, Union Meeting House, the Bank Building, Historic Marietta Theatre, and the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center. These proceeds maintain the historical integrity of Marietta.To learn more about The 51st Annual Marietta Candelight Tour of Homes visit www.mariettarestoration.org. Tickets are available for $18.00 in advance and $20 after November 30th. Tickets can also be purchased in person at a variety of local businesses.