Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes
Thanks to all who spent a beautiful weekend in December exploring Brownsburg, Virginia. As a fundraiser, it was very successful, with more than 500 tickets sold! We had presold about 350 tickets, but the gorgeous weather brought out more “tourists” on Saturday and Sunday. We actually sold more tickets on Sunday than Saturday, probably because the word got out that the tour was really exceptional. The street was full of visitors enjoying the village homes decorated for the season.
Members of the Rockbridge Choral Society strolled the streets both days and provided Christmas music for the crowds. Most folks stopped by the Nicholas Springs Tavern for a cup of cider and cookies. The Museum was open and offered shopping opportunities. Nearby special activities included the Open Barn at Ridge Valley Alpacas, music at New Providence, and children’s violin performances at Asbury Church.
The pictures below give you just a glimpse of what went on at the tour (in addition to the open houses). This great weekend would never have been possible without our many, many volunteers. There was an amazing sense of volunteerism exhibited by the entire Brownsburg community. Our best guess is that more than 80 community members volunteered in some way. This many individuals combining their talents and time to make a community event a success is really remarkable.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the current Civil War Exhibit (see below) you still have time. The Exhibit will run through November and will be open for the last time on December 12 and 13 in conjunction with the Brownsburg Christmas Homes Tour.
The Brownsburg Museum will open for the 2015 season on April 4 at 10:00. Museum hours are Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-4. Additional hours are available by appointment. This will be the last season of the Civil War Exhibit coinciding with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in April.
September 11th, 2014 “Thunder In The Valley” re-enactors descended on Brownsburg, as Gen. McCausland led his Calvary along Rocky Lane and skirmished through Brownsburg and camped in the middle of town. Visitors walked through the camp where cooking, live music, and where families of the Calvary were on hand, all in period dress. The Brownsburg Museum continues to provide the excellent exhibit “Civil War Brownsburg” can be seen. Free Admission.
Asbury Methodist Church graciously hosted the “indoor tree lighting” to celebrate the start of the holiday season. We enjoyed caroling (led by Sharyn Billings and accompanied by Aggie Sterrett on the piano), cookies, cider and a surprise visit from one of Santa’s helpers, Lew Manhart, who talked with the children about the real meaning of Christmas, and then dispensed gifts and much good cheer.