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It's time for the 17th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes — get your tickets downtown!

December 02, 2013

Usher in the Christmas Season with an enchanting tour of historic homes! The 17th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes will take place Sunday December 8, 1:30 to 6:30 pm, and you can still get your tickets from several downtown merchants: Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, VA (276) 591-3443, One of a Kind Gallery, 604 State St., Bristol, TN,(423) 652-2648, and Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, VA (276) 669-9899. For more information, call Jewell Williams (423) 652-0163.

The tour includes homes that are on both the Tennessee side as well as the Virginia side of Bristol. The featured homes in Tennessee are 361 Blountville Hwy., 1714 Windsor Ave., 100 Belvedere Heights, 822 Georgia Ave., 621 Pennsylvania Ave., and 207 Lynwood St.. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 700 Cumberland Ave., and the other home in Bristol, Virginia is 1006 Chester St.

Tickets must be presented at each home and can also be purchased at each residence on the day of the tour. To help minimize the potential for accidents, comfortable low-heeled shoes should be worn. The event, co-sponsored by Premier Printing Company, V. N. Bud Phillips, Jewell Williams (director), Carolyn Thomas, Diana Cumbo, and Gloria Scott, is a benefit for the East Hill Cemetery. In addition to helping with the maintenance costs for the cemetery, a small portion of the proceeds will be used to provide a permanent marker for Nellie Gaines. She was the first person laid to rest at a very young age in the cemetery. Her father constructed a doll house as her head stone but, it decayed leaving her grave unmarked.