Candlelight tour of homes set

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Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes is slated for Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Murfreesboro.

The tour, sponsored by Oaklands Association will feature beautiful and historic private homes along Cherry Lane and East Main Street and the graceful Oaklands Historic House Museum.

The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Historic House Museum. Interpreters in period attire will guide you through the history of this gracious mansion.  At its peak, Oaklands was the center of a 1,500 acre plantation and one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee. 

Since that time, Oaklands has seen dramatic changes. Following the Civil War, it deteriorated from a majestic mansion to virtual ruins and, in the 1950's, its very existence was threatened. The mansion was brought back from the brink of destruction and saved from the wrecking ball when a group of concerned ladies created Oaklands Association in 1959.

Since that time, the Association has worked tirelessly to restore Oaklands to its original splendor and preserve its unique history.  

Set in the historic district of Murfreesboro, stops along the holiday tour include the following historic buildings:  Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 North Maney Ave., Mary Catherine & David Sevier, 138 Cherry Lane, Tammie & Greg Waldron, 148 Cherry Lane, Susan & Phil Loyd, 152 Cherry Lane, Charlene & Ron Taylor, 816 East Main St., Pat & Matt Ward, 1019 East Main St. and Marietta & Jim Bishop, 1103 East Main St.

Today, local residents and visitors alike enjoy the mansion that has been lovingly restored and brought back to its former glory. The proceeds of the Candlelight Tour of Homes go toward the care and preservation of this historic treasure.  Admission is $10 per person 21 years and older, students $8, ages 6-12, $5, ages 5 and under are free.  Tickets may be purchased at any home on the tour and at Oaklands Historic House Museum.
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