Bourbon County: County celebrates 225th anniversary

Free events continue this week as Bourbon County celebrates the 225th anniversary of its establishment by the Virginia legislature.

■ St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 311 High Street, will host a lunch recital and tour at noon Thursday. Owen Samuels will perform works of Handel on the organ followed by a tour of the oldest stained-glass windows in Bourbon County. The church will provide lunch.

■ From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Duncan Tavern historic site on the courthouse square in Paris will be open for free public tours and presentations on the resources of the John Fox Jr. Library for the study of local history and genealogy.

■ Red balloons will mark the sites for the historic homes and garden tour, which runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Among the offerings: White Horse Gallery's patio garden, Dr. Hardy Dungan's urban loft and Oasis Tent and Awnings' newly refurbished space at 718 Main Street.

A Historic Preservation Day celebration will conclude the week's festivities at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bourbon County Court House.