Continuing a nearly 30-year tradition, residents of Williams Woodland Park will open several of their historic homes to the public this holiday season, in Fort Wayne's only annual Holiday Home Tour. On Saturday December 3 from 5:00-9:00pm, and Sunday December 4 from 1:00-5:00pm, visitors will be transported back in time to view unique, elegantly crafted and lovingly restored homes from Fort Wayne's first planned neighborhood, circa 1903-1910.
Six turn-of-the-century homes will be open to the public on this year's tour—as well as apartments in the neighboring historic Fairfield Manor. In the spirit of the holidays, free carriage rides will be available to transport ticketholders on their tour through history. Stop by our "warming station" on Woodland Ave for cocoa, cookies and an art sale, too!
The 2016 Holiday Home Tour begins at Getsemani/Simpson United Methodist Church, located at 2501 S. Harrison Street, where event brochures and free parking are available.
When & Where
Williams Woodland Park
Getsemani-Simpson United Methodist Church
2501 S. Harrison Street
Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood
Williams Woodland Park has been a local Historic District since 1985, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The neighborhood was originally a tract of land owned by Jesse Lynch Williams, chief engineer of the Wabash and Erie Canal in the 1830s. Over time, it became a popular park area, referred to as "Williams Grove," until the passing of Mr. Williams, at which time real estate agent Louis Curdes (who would go on to develop Forest Park Boulevard a few years later) stepped in to create a new kind of neighborhood with a carefully planned and cohesive layout, located at the southernmost stop on Fort Wayne's streetcar line. In October 1903, the area was platted and all lots were auctioned off in a single night. This was the genesis of Fort Wayne’s first planned addition, including specially conceived H-shaped alleys, a unified setback for each home, and the city's first deed restrictions concerning barns and carriage houses.