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Historic homes on tour in Paris

The main staircase at the Bolton Home in Paris, which was built before 1807 and added to several times. The home will be on the Paris Holiday Historic Home Tour on Dec. 6.
The main staircase at the Bolton Home in Paris, which was built before 1807 and added to several times. The home will be on the Paris Holiday Historic Home Tour on Dec. 6. Lexington Herald-Leader

Five historical homes will be decorated for the Paris Holiday Historic Homes Tour.

The tour is designed to be walked, meaning all the houses are in one historic neighborhood and close to downtown Paris, tour organizer Margi Spratt said.

Houses include:

■ The Bolton Home, the oldest on the tour, is at 706 Pleasant Street. It was built sometime before 1807 and was used as a school for young women during its early years. The home was altered in the early 20th century but retains much of its original Greek Revival details. The home was recently renovated and features antiques and a contemporary art collection.

■ The Spratt-Wyatt Home, 127 Duncan Avenue, is one of four Italianates built soon after the Civil War.

■ The Johnson Home at 137 Duncan Avenue remains true to its Italianate origins.

■ The Spears Home at 271 Stoner Avenue was built before the Civil War and retains its Greek Revival character.

■ The Buckley Home is one of the Richardsonian houses built in the area and was built in 1895 by Charles Stephens for his daughter.

As part of the tour, the Hopewell Museum is exhibiting The Spirit of Bourbon and is the site of a silent tree auction for Christmas trees decorated by Paris businesses, churches and organizations. The tour will finish at the museum with an English Cream Tea.

Proceeds from the tour and auction will benefit local charities, including The Well, begun and administered by the Bourbon County Ministerial Association to help local residents pay housing and utility costs.

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