November 30, 2017
CONTACT: Katie Peterson
Marietta Visitors Bureau
MARIETTA, GA – Walk through the doors of some of Marietta’s most beautiful and historic homes on Dec. 2 and 3 as the 31st Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour highlights the Whitlock Avenue Historic District.
More than 3,000 ornaments, thousands of magnolia leaves, 500-plus strands of lights and over 100 poinsettias are used to decorate the houses. Several hotel rooms are booked for homeowners for the event weekend to clear the way for the thousands of visitors who will ooh and ah over vintage, traditional and highly-artistic holiday schemes. Dozens of plastic mats will be stashed in closets in case of inclement weather and scads of booties will be stowed in attics to cover shoes for treading on floors that need extra TLC. And then there’s the more than 500 volunteers who will staff the event.
The 2017 Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic homes in the Whitlock Avenue Historic District. Each of the homes has been lovingly preserved and restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season. Homeowners will invite visitors inside for a unique opportunity to discover how they incorporate these historic treasures into their everyday lives. Along the route, many of Marietta’s historic public buildings will be decorated and open for touring. Hickory Hills Elementary School will house this year’s Bistro, with lunches and restrooms available for those on the tour.
The event activities will begin on Friday evening, December 1st when the Marietta Pilgrimage presents “The Marietta Pilgrimage Gala,” a glamorous black-tie party at The Whitlock Inn. Honorary Gala Co-Chairs are Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera and Star94.1 cohost Jenn Hobby. The home tours kick off on Saturday, Dec. 2 with the Day Tour offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a Candlelight Tour featuring three of the tour homes from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that evening. The Day Tour will resume on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day tours will offer shuttle service, staffed with informative step-on guides.
Every year, the Marietta Square transforms into a Winter Wonderland with the city center illuminated by thousands of tiny lights and lined with restaurants and specialty shops. Back again this year is the open-air ice skating rink, located in the charming center of Glover Park. Children aged one to 92 will make new memories as they skate among the twinkling lights and holiday music. Santa will light the Christmas tree in the Square on Thursday, Nov. 30. Out-of-towners should plan to spend the weekend to take in all of the sights and activities.
The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour has been consistently named a “Top Twenty Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society and a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the American Bus Association. The event is co-sponsored by the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, visit marietttapilgrimage.com or call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115.
I. The Paige-Eberhardt- Woodward House, c. 1880 (Also on Candlelight)Sponsor: Marietta Daily Journal462 Whitlock AvenueII. The Reed-Woodruff House, c. 1961Sponsor: Old Mountain Contracting & Landscaping529 Pickett RoadIII. Chiltmore, c. 1957Sponsor: Hawkins, Moore, & Cubbedge407 Chinquapin Drive
IV. The Dawson-Epperson- Smith House, c. 1952
463 Chestnut Drive
V. The Lawrence- McGhee House, c. 1870 (Also on Candlelight)Sponsor: Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon
287 Walnut Path SW
VI. Mockingbird Hill, c. 1888 (Also on Candlelight)Sponsor: Fortress Real Estate
134 McDonald Street
HERITAGE BUILDINGS FEATURED
First Presbyterian Church, c. 1854
St. James Episcopal Church, c. 1878
Old Zion Baptist Church, c. 1888
Root House Museum, c. 1845
Hickory Hills Elementary, c. 1960
Kennesaw House – Marietta Museum of History, c. 1845
Thomas Warehouse – Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, c. 1880
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, c. 1909
Brumby Hall & Gardens, c. 1851
Marietta Educational Garden Center, c. 1852
First Baptist Church Marietta, c. 1897
SCHEDULE & PRICING
Day Tour: (Shuttle bus provided)
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$25 in advance; $30 at door
Candlelight Tour: (three homes open, transportation not provided)
Saturday: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$20 in advance; $25 at door
Combination Ticket: (tour three houses during the day and three at night)
$30 in advance; $35 at door
**Group rates are available