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Holiday Homes Tour to Feature Houses from 4 Centuries

The McLean Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour this Thursday, Dec. 5, will focus on homes built in four different centuries: a house built in 1754 having both Revolutionary and Civil War connections, a public meeting house built in 1842 as a “drover’s rest” for livestock and wagons, a 1952 Colonial perched on a hill that was used as a Union bunker in the Civil War, and a contemporary home built in 2010 reflecting European tastes. The older homes have been restored and/or expanded while maintaining their historical character.

The houses are located on Churchill Road (the 1754 house), on Chain Bridge Road north of Dolley Madison Boulevard (the 1842 and 1952 houses), and on Benjamin Street (the 2010 house). The tour will be self-guided, but free buses based at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, will facilitate access.

The houses will be decorated for the holidays by Woman’s Club members in consultation with the owners.

The tour will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets for $30 can be purchased at homes on the tour on the day of the tour and at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean.

Concurrently, the Woman’s Club is sponsoring a free “MarketPlace” at Trinity Church. It will host 15 vendors from local businesses and will sell handmade crafts, collectibles, homemade baked goods and preserves, lunch and desserts, beverages, and tour tickets. There will be a silent auction of merchandise and services valued at $100 or more, as well as sales of $1 raffle tickets for a handmade patchwork quilt.

All proceeds of the Homes Tour and MarketPlace will be donated to local charities and nonprofits, as well as used for scholarships and education.

For more information, call 703-556-0197 or visit