Reflections on Christmas in Salem House Tour

Christmas in Salem CS 02By Keith Spencer with Photos from John Andrews of Creative Salem


SALEM – The holiday spirit was alive and well as the 36th Annual Christmas in Salem Holiday House Tour returned to the McIntire District earlier this month. The celebration revisited one of Salem’s grandest neighborhoods through the lens of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and a dozen stops spanning 300 years of architectural and local history.


“These are some of the most beautiful streets in America,” said president Jennifer Firth of Historic Salem, the organization behind the yearly tradition. “Our visitors are stepping into magnificent homes and spaces, each decorated splendidly, and it’s all in support of historic preservation in our community.”


Photo © John Andrews & Creative Salem

Photo © John Andrews & Creative Salem

The Christmas in Salem House Tour has visited a different neighborhood since its inception in 1979, offering a glimpse into private homes and sometimes public spaces that have been professionally adorned by local florists, designers, and even some homeowners.


This year’s tour took guests to the McIntire National Historic District to explore a series of unique histories and architectural tales including both private homes and several historic properties. The properties were examples of the Federal, Georgia, and Colonial Revival style, and were either devised or influenced by renowned architect Samuel McIntire.


Click here to read the complete story and a full photo gallery with our partner Creative Salem


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