Holiday Tour of Historic Homes

The Storied Neighborhood Of Newtown In Salisbury Opens Its Doors The Public This December

Salisbury’s historic Newtown neighborhood will host a holiday tour on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, a tradition of more than 30 years, provides a special opportunity to visit some of Salisbury’s oldest and grandest homes decorated for the holidays.

The area that would become Newtown, located directly north of downtown, was developed on farmland of the Poplar Hill plantation. After massive fires consumed Salisbury’s commercial district in 1860 and 1886, residential building of Newtown began in the late 19th century, which continued well into the 20th century. Politicians, business owners and professionals of the day all built homes in Newtown. Their Federal, Colonial Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Shingle-style and English Cottage-style houses are among Newtown’s cherished dwellings, along with historic workers’ homes, outbuildings and churches.

Homes on this year’s holiday tour vary in age from the late 18th century to the 20th-century inter-war period, and most have been renovated or restored, complete with period furnishings and antique holiday decorations.

Tour tickets are $15 and will be available at Poplar Hill Mansion at 117 Elizabeth St. in Salisbury at 10:30 a.m. The Mansion will also celebrate its Yuletide Open House with seasonal decorations, music and refreshments. For more, visit “Newtown Historic District Salisbury” on Facebook.

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