‘Tis the season to check out some of the area’s snazziest houses all gussied up for the holidays. And, just in time, Marietta’s most-loved holiday home tour–the Marietta Pilgrimage–returns for its 30th year this December 3-4.
Step inside six of Marietta’s private historic homes draped in their holiday finest–along with a number of Historic Public Building. Find decoration inspiration at every turn and revel in the soul-warming cheer that comes from taking part in a community tradition.
This year, the tour offers peeks into a traditional Victorian with plenty of “gingerbread,” a WWII era boardinghouse and an Arts and Crafts-style bungalow, among others.
To get you ready for the big weekend, here’s a quick primer on history of the homes on tour:
Holland-Higginbotham House | c. 1886 | Included on the Candlelight Tour
This Victorian-style house, resplendent with marble accents, has a long and storied history. It was turned into an apartment building during the population boom of post-WWII but restored to its original design in 1998. The current owners, the Higginbothams, have filled the home with family furniture and heirlooms passed down from their grandparents and great-grandparents. (Tip: Look for the wall clock in the formal living room, which Mr. Higginbotham’s grandfather acquired when he was stationed in France and brought home to restore and the bassinet in the nursery, which has been used for four generations.)
Elliott-McClure-Biggers House | c. 1884 | Included on the Candlelight Tour
This Victorian home has exchanged hands nearly ten times since it was built. It was most recently acquired by Terri and Phil Biggers in 2008. The Biggers have done extensive work restoring the home but also paid careful attention to preserving many of the original features including heart pine floors, pocket doors with Eastlake hardware, twelve foot ceilings and a spacious front porch.
Beane-Atenhan-Taylor House | c. 1945
One of the more “modern” homes on the tour, this Arts and Crafts-style bungalow features a new kitchen, sunroom, bathrooms, and carriage house but preserves the integrity of the original craftsmanship. In keeping with the craftsman style, most of the furniture throughout the house is Stickley Furniture and many of the fabrics are designs of William Morris an English Textile Designer associated with the British Arts and Craft movement around 1861. (Tip: Look for the green space across the street from the house. The Taylors purchased the property across the street in 2007 then razed the structure that was on it and turned the property into a neighborhood park for the enjoyment of the community.)
Reed-Yates-Rowe House | c. 1905
This traditional shotgun-style house originally featured a central hall going straight through to the back but has since been divided to provide for bathrooms and closets. It was used as a boarding house during World War II, like so many of the historic homes in Marietta due to the influx of workers from the Bell Bomber Plant. The home boasts four original fireplaces and several the paintings by North Carolina artist, James Ryder Murphy.
Black-Reeves-Hogarth House | c. 1905
This Queen Anne cottage was built in 1905 and eventually owned by J.W. Reeves, a local Baptist minister and grocer who served 13 churches in Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding counties and performed hundreds of weddings in the home. The lovely Victorian cottage showcases many original features including the original porch woodwork, hardwood floors and moldings. The upstairs hardwoods were reclaimed from old Marietta homes that were destroyed in the ’70s and ’80s. (Tip: look for the “J.W. Reeves, Gro sign above the backdoor. It was the original sign from the grocery store. Also, the large wooden chest belonged to the current owner’s great-great-great-great grandparents who emigrated from France in 1718.)
Turnbull Manor | c. 1883 | Included on the Candlelight Tour
Information to come.
Tickets information | Click to purchase tickets.
- Day Tour tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour.
- Candlelight Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour.
- Combination ticket is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the tour.
| Saturday Schedule |
8:45am…………………….Shuttle Service Begins
9:00am-7:30pm……….Ticket Sales at the Marietta Visitors Bureau
9:00am-6:00pm……….Day Tour Homes Open
10:00am-4:00pm……..The Bistro Open
10:00am-7:00pm……..Shops Open on Marietta Square
6:15pm…………………….Shuttle Service Ends
7:00pm-9:30pm………Candlelight Tour Homes Open (No shuttle service; no public buildings)
| Sunday Schedule|
9:45am…………………….Shuttle Service Begins
10:00am-6:00pm……….Ticket Sales at the Marietta Visitors Bureau
10:00am-6:00pm……….Day Tour Homes Open
10:00am-2:00pm……..The Bistro Open
6:15pm…………………….Shuttle Service Ends