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Harriman Christmas Tour in 21st year

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Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

Advance tickets for the tour, a project of Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization, are available at Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden St., Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road, and Red Door Antiquities at 505 N. Roane St.

Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at the historic Temperance Building at 330 Roane St.

This year’s tour of public buildings includes the Princess Theater in downtown Harriman. The theater, now under restoration, will be home to a regional arts education center, and it’s the featured structure on this year’s collectible tour ornament.

Also on the tour are the Harriman Heritage Museum in the Temperance Building and Harriman Public Library, one of 2,509 libraries built with funds provided by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

A number of favorite Victorian private homes are spotlighted this year, including longtime favorite Monte Vista at 514 Cumberland St.

Built in 1905 as a country estate by Judge Robert B. and Perle Hill Cassell, Monte Vista is the epitome of a gracious Colonial Revival home.

The home, now owned by Ed and Mariann D’Alessandro, features a brick Charleston courtyard and historic stone pathways leading to rear gardens.

A wraparound porch serves as the entry for an enclosed foyer. The gentlemen’s parlor has a massive stone fireplace and library, and architectural sliding pocket walls are features of both it and the ladies’ parlor.

A warming fireplace with oak appointments at the end of the hallway has built-in benches on both sides, and the brass and crystal candelabras of the grand staircase lead to the windowed seating area that sports the home’s original cranberry glass chandelier.

The upper hallway bathroom has the letters “M” and “V” in the tiled floor, a representation of the home’s original name.

For more information about this year’s tour, visit www.cornstalkheights.com or call Diana Knobloch at 882-1472, Nancy Jacoby at 230-7769 or the Roane County Visitor’s Bureau at 376-4201.