103 Main Street, Falls Village, CT Phone: 860-824-8226.
The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society is pleased to announce The 3rd Annual Holiday Historic House Tour to take place on Saturday, December 7 in Falls Village (snow date Sunday, December 8). Tickets can be purchased to benefit the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society at the advance price of $25 or $30 on the day of the tour. Children ages 8 to 16 are free.
The tour will begin with a brief welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh's Country Store, 10:30 AM at 107 Main Street in the village. At 11:00 AM ticket holders may begin their self-guided tour with guidance from the Society's brochure and map, researched with the help of the homeowners and the Society. Four of the five locations on the tour will be open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Houses on the tour are not wheelchair accessible. Strollers are not permitted in the houses.
Steps away from P.D. Walsh’s Country Store is The Center on Main at 103 Main Street. A former Methodist Church rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1900, The Center is now the current home of The Falls Village Children’s Theater. When the Church was re-built after the fire, beautiful Tiffany windows were installed which you can still see today. This location will only be open from 11am to 1pm on the day of the tour. There will be a benefit Musical Review by the Children’s Theater at 2 pm. Tickets for that event are $12.
The Carrigan House at 35 Beebe Hill Road is one of the oldest homes in Falls Village. Owned by Amber Cameron and Luke Miller, the house was on the tour last year amidst extensive renovations. You can now view the outstanding result.
The single story Cape Cod style house at 96 Belden Street is owned by Jack Pozzi, former principal of Lee Kellogg School. The house has a gable roof and has been superbly maintained and stunningly renovated. The Belden (Belding) family, one of Canaan’s original proprietors, bought the land in 1737. This house, also known as “Twin Chimneys,” was probably built by Charles Belden, Jr. in 1778 or a little later about the time he married Louise Bosworth in 1784.
The Samuel Robbins House at 225 Point of Rocks Rd was built in 1790 and was the main house at Robbins Farm which originally comprised more than 1000 acres. Ten direct descendants of the original Samuel Robbins have lived here including one Samuel Robbins that helped form the Robbins Burrall Trust Company which later merged to become the Salisbury Bank and Trust. David Duncan and Michael McGraw, the current owners have a deep appreciation for the history of the property and have been working to preserve and restore the home.
On Point of Rocks Road, leading out of the village center, is an 1840 barn at the home of Bunny Williams and John Rosselli. Repurposed with Mr. Roselli’s keen eye, it has become a relaxing space for entertaining while keeping a rural rustic feeling. An ongoing shopping quest for accessories that fit that goal goes on to this day.
For the day, tour guests are encouraged to stop for a snack or meal with a free hot beverage at Toymaker's Cafe (7 AM-4 PM). The Falls Village Inn will be donating $5 to the Historical Society per meal for tour guests (Brunch 11 AM-3 PM, Dinner 5-10 PM). Be sure to show your tour ticket at either venue. There will also be a bake sale benefiting the Historical Society at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store.
Proceeds from the tour will help the Society renovate the museum at the Falls Village Railroad Depot. Cabinets, previously in use at FDR Museum and Library in Hyde Park, NY, were recently donated to the Society by a local business. Fundraising efforts will be matched by an anonymous donor with up to $10,000. The 3rd Annual Holiday Historic House Tour was made possible by support from, The Falls Village Inn, Jacob’s Garage, National Iron Bank, P.D. Walsh’s, Torrington Savings Bank, and Toymakers Café.
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. Children 8 to 16 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: P.D. Walsh's Country Store, Toymaker's Cafe, The Falls Village Inn, Jacob's Garage, D.M. Hunt Library, Falls Village Town Hall and at the Douglas Library and Stadium Systems in North Canaan or by calling the Historical Society at Cash or checks only.