Steamboat Era Museum offers house tour and more
, 2014


Steamboat Era Museum
offers house tour and more

The Steamboat Era Museum’s 2013 House Tour & MORE will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on December 7.

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The home of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bolling is a newly constructed 10,000-square-foot transitional home with five bedrooms, an elevator, wine bar and home theater on Dymer Creek.

The houses on this year’s tour are all on Fleets Bay Road in White Stone, said executive director Barbara Brecher. The tour will consist of a “Southern” Bed and Breakfast on Flowering Fields Road, a highly customized 10,000 square foot transitional home with a barn housing vintage cars on Fleets Bay Road, and an upscale paired residence, one traditional and the other contemporary, on Harbour View Drive.

The largest home on the tour is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bolling. It is a newly constructed 10,000-square-foot transitional home with five bedrooms, an elevator, wine bar and home theater on Dymer Creek. Decorated for the holidays, this house is a standout, not to be missed, said Brecher.

The paired residences, which share a common wall, are very different, she said. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Stalnaker is traditional with an array of family antiques while next door at the home of Mr. and Mrs.Tom Lawler, you will find an open floor plan decorated in a wonderful mix of contemporary and classic designs.

The home of Susan Moenssens is the oldest house on the tour. Originally built in 1790, Flowering Fields Bed and Breakfast sits on beautiful natural acreage near the mouth of the Rappahannock River, said Brecher. In the years following its construction, additions were built in the Victorian manner. You will tour an informal dining room, a parlor with a baby grand piano, a formal dining room and other warm and inviting areas of the house.

In addition to the House Tour, four authors will sign and sell their books from noon to 5 p.m. at the museum.

Holiday shop for children and grandchildren by purchasing personalized signed copies of Rivah Friends-A Northern Neck Adventure with Cralle Cove and Hank, Chippiepierre’s Magic Paintbrush Tail- A Steamboat Adventure, Dewi and the Seeds of Doom and Vin and the Dorky Duet.

Steven Reiss will sign his recent release, Houses of Irvington-Architecture of an American Village. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the museum.

Enjoy cider, eggnog and cookies at the museum and stay for the Irvington Tree Lighting and Golf Cart Float Parade, said Brecher.

Tickets for the House Tour are $25 in advance and may be purchased at the Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 438-6888 to purchase tickets by credit card.

Tickets on the day of the tour are $30 and may be purchased at the museum or at Flowering Fields, 232 Flowering Fields, White Stone, where only cash and checks will be accepted.


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