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Homes opened for holiday tour

December 12, 2005|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

At the end of Sunday afternoon's Heritage Christmas Home Tour, Cathy Mohn of Quincy, Pa., paid high praise to the hosts of this season's event.

"They all felt like homes. They weren't like museums," said Mohn, who toured the five homes on the tour. "They were tastefully done. They didn't do too much to them."

Anne Larue, a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce's Home Tour Committee, said more than 300 people purchased the $10 tickets to take a walk through the homes and the Greencastle Otterbein United Brethren Church, where many of the participants stopped for refreshments. The money raised will be used to pay for some of the costs associated with the town's annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas, she said.

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Krista and Peter Huntley of 369 E. Baltimore St. have lived in Greencastle for less than a year, but she said she was glad to open their Victorian home to the public for an afternoon.

"It was an opportunity, since it was refurbished, to share it with the community," she said. The home, remodeled by local craftsmen before the Huntleys bought it, had once been home to the late Dr. William Brewer, she said.

While many patients had passed through Brewer's offices in the basement during his decades-long practice, some of those on the tour said they relished the chance to see the home again or for the first time.

"You get to see the inside of houses you've passed by for years," said Dotti Zimmerman.

"I have enjoyed it just because of the history of the house," Toni Brewbaker, of 141 N. Linden Ave., said of the home she and her husband, Richard, purchased in 1999. "Since we fixed it up, a lot of people have wanted to come in," she said of their home, a sprawling brick Williamsburg-style house built in 1947.

Brewbaker said they hired Willow Tree Gifts of Greencastle to help with decorating the rooms in different motifs - fruit in the kitchen, snowflakes in the living room and reindeer in the dining room.

"I've enjoyed all of them. I like old homes and seeing how different people decorate," said Mildred Eckard of Hagerstown.

Also included on the tour were the homes of Barry, Chad and Cory Smith of 336 E. Madison St.; the home of Paul and Karen Bitner at 344 E. Baltimore St.; and the home of James and Laura Byers of 10180 Grindstone Hill.

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