MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks at the annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes 4-8 p.m. Dec. 1 in Murfreesboro.
The annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature beautiful and historic buildings, and as always, the historic Oaklands Mansion.
In addition to the tour, Oaklands Mansion will host a Holiday Marketplace in Maney Hall. A selection of local artisans and craftspeople will feature their wares for holiday shoppers. It’s the perfect opportunity to make holiday purchases for friends and family. Admission to the marketplace is included with tickets to the Candlelight Tour of Homes. In addition to the marketplace, see a live nativity displayed by Southeast Baptist Church's Bethlehem Marketplace. Be sure to stop by Baker’s Dozen Cookie Cabin, Cousins Maine Lobster and Something Southern Food Truck for hot beverages and warm treats.
Stops along the holiday tour include: Oaklands Mansion & Cottage, 900 North Maney Ave.; Holiday Marketplace at Oaklands Visitors Center, 901 North Maney Ave.; Mr. Corey Williams, 450 Roberts St.; Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Bell - Big Holly, 718 North Maney Ave.; Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Bell- Big Holly’s Little House, 700 North Maney Ave.; Mr. & Mrs. Rhea Cole, 619 North Maney Ave.; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ventiegham, 603 North Maney Ave.; Mr. & Mrs. Daren Chambley, 525 North Maney Ave.; Dreamingincolor, 504 North Maney Ave.; Ransom School House, 717 North Academy St.
The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Mansion. At its peak, Oaklands was the center of a 1,500-acre plantation and one of the most elegant homes in Rutherford County. Since that time, Oaklands has seen dramatic changes. Following the Civil War, it deteriorated from a majestic mansion to almost-ruins. The mansion was saved from the wrecking ball when a group of concerned ladies created Oaklands Association in 1959. Since that time, the Association has worked to restore Oaklands to its original splendor and preserve its history.
Today, local residents and visitors alike enjoy the mansion that has been restored. The proceeds of the Candlelight Tour of Homes go toward the continuing preservation of this historic treasure. Oaklands Mansion is a non-profit educational organization.
Purchase advance tickets for $15 by 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at www.oaklandsmansion.org or in the museum shop. Admission is $20 per adult at the door, $10 students and children ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. On the night of the tour, tickets can be purchased at any home on the tour or at Oaklands’ Museum Shop.
The 2018 Candlelight Tour of Homes is made possible through the support of: Atmos Energy, Ms. Bonnie Black, Dr. Robert B. Blair, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Bragg, Durham Realty & Auction Co. Inc., Franklin Synergy Bank, Dr. & Mrs. Charles Goodman, HylaBrook Antique Mall, Tim Montgomery CPA, Tennessee Tool Works and Mrs. Susan Young.