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Tour of Homes features 8 homes and a church

This home in Dover, owned by Brian and Rachel Ice, is one of the homes that will be featured in the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association's Christmas Tour of Homes.


One of the most anticipated events of the area holiday season is set for Sunday, Dec. 10 as the annual Christmas Tour of Homes enters its 23rd season. The tour is presented by the Tuscarawas County Heritage Homes Association and will be held from noon until 5 p.m.
Advance tickets go on sale Nov. 24 at $12 and are available at Geib Funeral Homes of Dover and New Philadelphia, the Dennison location of the First National Bank of Dennison, and Pam’s Posies in Dover. Tickets on the day of the event are $15. Tickets also are available online at www.tuschha.org.
Eight historic or unusual homes and one church have been chosen for the tour this year from all applicants and offer glimpses into some structures that may have piqued the curiosity of passersby for years.
The 2017 Christmas Tour of Homes includes:
—The Brian and Rachel Ice home, 430 E. Third St., Dover. This marked Heritage Home dates to 1885 and was built by Civil War veteran, lawyer and Dover mayor John Hostetler. It features five bedrooms and both interior and exterior walls of brick. The Ice’s believed they were moving into a famously haunted home but have seen no ghosts.
—The Ben and Brittany Minor home, 224 High St., Dover, a 1997 Colonial-style home that will be decorated for the holidays throughout by the owners.
—The Trevor and Kimberly Mallernee home, 533 N. Wooster Ave., Dover. When the Mallernees acquired this house in 2001, it had served as longtime physician’s offices and an upstairs apartment. Area residents have seen the slow and remarkable exterior transformation since. Inside, considerable demolition and rebuilding projects have resulted in the glorious home available to visitors on the tour this year.
—The Luke and Cathy Lawless home, 1124 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, is an example of a 1920 American foursquare-style home with built-in cabinetry, dual staircases, high ceilings and attic dormers.
—Many drivers on the way to Sugarcreek from Dover have noted the bright yellow Isabelle house, 5485 Old Route 39 NW, Dover. Though the house was built within the 21st century, it is a steep-roofed, 1880s-style Victorian cottage. The bright colors and unusual shape attract the eyes of drivers year round, and Home Tour participants will have the chance to see inside.
—The Robert and Audrey Schlabach home, 8484 Sugarcreek Road NW, Sugarcreek. This large brick home, built in 1992, shows off a one-and-a-half story home seemingly built to accommodate holiday visitors.
Ragersville Zion Church, 8831 Crooked Run Road SW, Ragersville. This church dates to the time of the Civil War and often hosts large gatherings for meals.
—Sonsfield Farm, 2412 Ragersville Road SW, Ragersville. Brad and Cathleen Misko will welcome visitors to their 1880s home, where a Christmas tree will be found in nearly every room, reflecting the family’s love of tradition and heirlooms.
—The Bruce and Suzanne Stauffer home, 11174 Gunther Miller Road SW, Stonecreek. This is a postal address. The home is located 3 miles south of Ragersville. This home of recent construction shows off plenty of handmade detail from woodwork to iron decorations. The family takes pride in their creations, and several handmade clothing items will be on display.
Tickets for the tour are in limited supply, and purchasing early is one's best assurance of being able to participate. Participants may begin anywhere, but the J.E. Reeves Home and Museum on Iron Avenue in Dover is a good place to start as the home will be open for the discounted rate of $3. Online ticket purchases also can be picked up at the museum.

Published: November 21, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171129996