Bourbon County

Four historic homes of Paris are on walking tour

The Augustus J. Fee home, 912 Pleasant Street
The Augustus J. Fee home, 912 Pleasant Street Photos by The Bourbon County Citizen-Advertiser

Paris’s annual holiday historic homes tour will feature a walking tour of four homes from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, as well as an English tea at Hopewell Museum, a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees, and strolling carolers.

The event begins at Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street, where maps and wristbands will be given to ticket holders.

The oldest home on the tour, the Marshall-Williams home, at the juncture of Ninth and Pleasant Streets, was built in the 1820s and is known for its gardens.

The Augusts J. Fee residence was build by the son of James Fee, who immigrated to America in 1846. The late Victorian home includes a number of stained-glass windows and ornate woodwork inside and out.

The Hedges home, built in 1895, is a Queen Anne brick structure with reminders of its past, including the original switch where electricity service first came into the house, and intricately carved fireplaces, one of which possesses a hunting dog scene in the surrounding tile. Mary Clay Grimes, the granddaughter of Cassius M. Clay, resided in the house the longest, from 1904 to 1983. The architect of the Hedges home was W. H. Fisher, who, with his wife, Emily, was in attendance at Ford's Theater the night President Lincoln was shot.

The William P. Chambers home, one of several Italianate homes built by James Duncan for his daughters as wedding gifts, was presented to his daughter Kate after her 1877 wedding to Chambers. A soaring staircase in the center hallway graces 14-foot ceilings. Impressive 10-foot pocket doors separate the parlor and dining room.

Following the tour, guests may return to Hopewell Museum to enjoy an English tea and a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees.

If you go

Holiday Historic Homes Tour

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Begins at Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant St., Paris

Cost: Get advance tickets by calling St. Peter's Episcopal Church at (859) 987-2760 or by sending an email to office@stpetersparis.org. They may also be obtained on the day of the event at Hopewell Museum. Tickets for the tour and English tea are $15, with free admission for children age 14 years younger.

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