The annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes is slated for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 in historic downtown Murfreesboro.
The tour, sponsored by Oaklands Association will feature beautiful and historic private homes, a distinctive church, and the graceful Oaklands Historic House Museum.
“This years’ tour guides visitors along the old carriage path of the plantation and offers an opportunity to visit homes spanning several decades and various architectural styles,” said James Manning, executive director of Oaklands Historic House Museum. “Visiting the festively appointed homes on our Candlelight Tour is a popular way to begin the celebration of the holidays.”
In the late-1860s, the Maneys subdivided and sold most of the front drive into lots to create a residential neighborhood, originally called Maney’s Addition, thought to be Murfreesboro’s first subdivision.
It later became North Maney Avenue, which intersects present day Main Street.
Set in the historic district of Murfreesboro, stops along the holiday tour comprise the following historic buildings:
• Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave.
• Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bell, “Big Holly” 718 N. Maney Ave.
• Carriage Lane Inn, 411 N. Maney Ave.
• Mosaic Art Gallery, 312 N. Maney Ave.
• Marie & Glen Eubanks, 321 N. Maney Ave.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jakes, 225 N. Maney Ave.
• The Morris House, 347 E. Main St.
• Central Christian Church, 404 E. Main St.
These festively adorned historical homes and church, dressed in holly and evergreens, offer residents a chance to enjoy a simpler time, before the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Residents also have the opportunity to learn more about Murfreesboro’s Civil War heritage at the grounds of the Maney home.
From the veranda of Oaklands mansion, attendees will see the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Murfreesboro Camp No. 33 as they present living history demonstrations on the lawn of the mansion.
The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Historic House Museum.
Interpreters in period attire will guide visitors through the history of this gracious mansion.
For more information on becoming a member or a volunteer, call 615-893-0022.