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The Tom and Mary Kallewaard house at 202 North Macomb Street will be on the tour this year. The house was built in 1867 in a vernacular interpretation of the Italianate style. The original structure was a cube with entry hall and three rooms downstairs, three bedrooms upstairs; there were four later additions. It was owned by Elijah Carr and then by his descendants until 1945; next by Bob and Augusta Kuhl until 1970; and since 1974 has been the home of the Kallewaard family.

While you’re out enjoying Christmas in the Village on December 2, make sure you save time to go on the 8th Annual Christmas Home Tour. This year six homes are featured on the tour; most, if not all, were built before 1900.

One of the homes featured is the old J.A. Goodyear house at 115 W. Main, now owned by Mike Austin. This beautiful Queen Anne house was built in 1899 and has all of the original woodwork including working pocket doors and a swinging door into the kitchen! Folk Artist Margaret Shaw’s home on City Road is also on this year’s tour. Margaret has made many improvements to her old farm house in the four years that she has owned it. See what she has accomplished with refurbished materials and enjoy her whimsical art!  The four other homes on the tour are also in the village and will be beautifully decorated for Christmas.

As an added bonus this year, The Black Sheep Tavern will open its doors to visitors with Home Tour tickets. Marybeth Ledford will be decorating tables, showcasing various centerpieces that can be put together from items in your own home.

The Manchester Christmas Home Tour takes place from noon until 8 pm. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and can be purchased from Kellie’s, Linda’s Diner, Andrews Family Chiropractic, The Flower Garden, The Manchester Pharmacy and River Raisin Antiques. All net proceeds are presented to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to be used for Christmas decorations for the village.

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