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Keedysville home tour is a sellout

December 05, 2000

Keedysville home tour is a sellout



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville's population is expected to double Sunday as visitors stop by for The Washington County Historical Society Candlelight Tour of Homes.

Tour Chairwoman Nancy Baer told Town Council during Monday night's meeting that all 1,000 tickets for the tour have sold. The tickets sold for $15 each.

She said extra tickets will not be available on the day of the tour and asked that people without tickets stay home.

The tickets have become a hot commodity, said Yvonne Hope of the Washington County Historical Society.

"I've had people offer me twice as much money for them," she said.

The tour will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Washington County buses have been rented to take people from parking areas to the tour on Main Street.

Baer told the Town Council that volunteers will start arriving around 10 a.m.

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"We hope not to disrupt the residents' goings on," said Baer.

Several Washington County Sheriff's deputies will be on hand to direct traffic and keep the peace, she said.

Baer said organizers believe they have prepared well for the tour.

"I think we have covered every possibility," including snow. A plow will be on call.

Council members asked Baer why she thought the tour was so popular this year. She attributed it to the fact that the tour includes 16 homes on a half-mile stretch of Main Street, that the tour includes the nationally recognized historic Seven Gates Farm and that sailor Patrick Roy, who was killed in the explosion on the USS Cole, came from the town.

In addition to the tour of homes, a living history demonstration of a Civil War Christmas will be put on by re-enactors.

Organ recitals will be at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Church.

Refreshments and restrooms will be available at the old Keedysville Elementary School.

Hope said the refreshments will "not be junk food," and can be packaged to go.

"I think it will turn out very well," Hope said.

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