WEATHERFORD, TX – Visitors who go on the Parker County Heritage Society’s annual Candlelight Tour of Homes usually are treated to six or so houses and the histories on each of them and have to pay for a ticket to enter the houses. However, this year, the Heritage Society is hosting its first-ever driving tour of homes where visitors can view the outside of homes, appreciate the style, architecture and holiday decorations and learn the histories of 20 different locations from the comfort of their own vehicles. “We hope this more relaxed way of touring will allow more people to truly see how beautiful and historic our city really is. This is our gift to the community that has given us so much over the years,” said Parker County Heritage Society president Kathleen Baker. The tour maps can be picked up at three welcome centers free of charge.
· Brochures can be picked up from the Chamber of Commerce building from 12:00-3:00pm.
· None of these homes or Court House will be open to the public.
Providence Title on 904 South Main Street, will be hosting a Christmas Open House to those who wish to see the recently refurbished Lewis Home. Docents will take visitors through this home and business. The Driving Tour brochures will be available there as well. They will be open from 12:00-4:00pm on the tour day.
The Doss Heritage and Culture Center on 1400 Texas Drive, will also be open from 12:00-4:00pm to those who wish to see the Newest Exhibits and Christmas decor. The museum will be free to our guests on this day. The Heritage Society will also have brochures there as well from 12:00-3:00pm.
The Heritage Society has pledged to return to its traditional format in 2009. The tour is planned for December 12, 2009. Weatherford is located 30 miles west of Fort Worth on Interstate 20. The Parker County Heritage Society promotes the preservation of buildings, homes, and sites of historic or architectural significance within Parker County, Texas, to the maintenance of documents and records which describe the heritage of the County, its citizens and their ancestors and promotes civic interest in historical projects, education, and culture throughout Parker County. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month in a member’s home.