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The other night was the last candlelight tour for the year of the Historic Houses of Odessa, Delaware and my friends and I took the opportunity to first have dinner at Cantwell's Tavern and then tour the 3 houses decorated for the season.


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First came the c. 1769 Wilson-Warner house, which had Christmas trees decorated by various groups such as the DAR.  One of the trees was decorated with ladybugs, the State bug, another with nutcrackers (both from the collection of the woman who took us through the house).


Corbit houseOur next stop was next door at the Corbit-Sharp house, c. 1774. This home was decorated to fit the theme of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Having just watched the 1951 Corbit music roomversion on TV the night before, the names were all fresh in my mind. Who can forget Fezziwig? His party was portrayed in the 2nd floor music room. The millwork in this home is very detailed with even the chair rails in the music room carved with fantastic detail.

Scrooge deskOne of the most fascinating and different rooms was on the first floor, decorated to recall Scrooge's accounting office. There were several antique desks, plus the main desk had antique boxes and a pile of coins ready to be tallied by the bookkeeper. We were told that the gentleman who arranged this tableau moved furniture from various parts of the house and borrowed the authentic looking coins from a friend. All to good effect, I might add!

The houses will be closed in January and February, but you can come back when the gardens are in bloom in this lovely town on the Appoquinimink Creek.

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Comments (1)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carolyn, loved this post it reminded me when I lived in CT and I had an Old Colonial... brought back some memories:)Endre

Dec 28, 2018 11:35 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Endre-I hope all your CT memories were happy ones!

Dec 29, 2018 06:26 AM