Sumter Historic Tour of Homes announces Christmas tour

The Sumter Historic Trust of Americus is having its Christmas Tour of Homes noon-6 p.m. Dec. 12.

The selected homes span the Victorian, Edwardian and Antebellum eras.

This year, the tour's crown jewel will be a circa 1867 Gothic Revival style home which was recently moved from a nearby town, renovated, and decorated by its owner, Furlow Gatewood, an Americus native who had lived in New York for more than 45 years.

Gatewood remains a partner in the New York decorative firm John Rosselli & Associates, whose New York showroom was named by House & Garden magazine for two years as one of the top showrooms in the United States.

This is the first year that the Gatewood home has been featured and that the public at large has been allowed entrance.

Other highlights of this year's tour include three additional historical residences which also have been restored with an eye toward historical accuracy combined with modernizations and comfort.

Through their ticket purchase, tour participants will also be able to visit local businesses which are situated in unique historical buildings as well as the 1891 Windsor Hotel, the 1920 Rylander Theater and the 1901 Lee Council House, headquarters and gala home for The Trust.

Two levels of tickets are available: A tour ticket for $20 or a tour ticket plus inclusion for an evening cocktail party and buffet for $65. The cocktail party and buffet will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lee Council House.

Tickets are available at the following locations: Americus Welcome Center, Minick Interiors and Windsor Parlour Hair Design on Jackson Street.