Parker County Today December 2017 - Page 66

our community: CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES The Candlelight Tour of Homes Celebrates its 36 th  Year by Adding New Homes By MELISSA MOORMAN Photos by STEVE SCHILLIO T 64 hough holiday decorations have been up since the day after Halloween, the real start of the holiday season for many people in Parker County is the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society. The tour is celebrating its 36 th  year in a big way with five homes that haven’t been on the Candlelight Tour before, and a historic Parker County log cabin. Guests even have a chance to win a handmade quilt in a raffle that will be announced on tour day. All in all, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday in the midst of all the holiday bustle. This is Emily Prowell’s first time to chair the Candlelight Tour, but she has been a volunteer in the past. Last year she chaired the docent committee. She’s been working hard over the summer months getting the homes and home- owners ready for tour day. “I like asking volunteers to be docents and be a part of the event. Everyone learns something about Weatherford,” Prowell said. “I enjoyed meeting the new homeowners who were excited to live in Weatherford and in the historic area. We have great volunteers who did deed research on the homes back to their original owners and ancestry research to find out who lived in the home, what their occupation was, and other details. I find the history part fascinating. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful turnout and the guests who come to the tour. Several of them [the homes] have been updated for today’s lifestyle while still holding on to their original charm. I hope everyone enjoys seeing the homes this year,” she continued. Homeowner Jessica Eaves is new to Weatherford, and to owning an older home. She moved into her home in March and is enjoying getting to know the city she now calls home. “I love that it’s a small town but still very personable,” said Eaves. “It’s got a lot of things coming. All of our neighbors stop by and talk to me and wave. I love to go downtown and shop. I love that they are bringing the downtown back. I’ve never lived in an older home. I had heard some horror stories about fixing things. I couldn’t afford Fort Worth for sure. My dad has lived out here for 17 years. I ended up finding this house. I loved it and they had already done the whole inside of it. My house is smaller, only 1,455 square feet, and it’s very quaint. It is very old, but it has been redone on the inside so it has a new feel to it. It still reminds me of back in the day. It has a lot of history to it.”  Eaves is looking forward to tour day, but what she is looking forward to is seeing the other houses on the tour. “I am excited to see the inside of some of these other historical homes. How they are decorated and did they keep [the] period of the house. I’m really curious to see how other people keep their historical homes,” she said. If you’ve never been on the Candlelight Tour, it’s different from many tours of its kind held throughout the Metroplex. The homeown- ers supply information to the docents about the home, its history and special furniture or acces- sories that are on display. The tour can take all day or just a couple of hours and is self-guided, meaning you can visit the venues in whatever order suits your fancy. Here are the homes and venues you can see