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Dickens of a Christmas House Tour & High Tea Package

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Chestertown Historic District. Pick up House Tour maps at the Dickens Welcome Center, 211 High Street.

Hynson Ringgold House, venue for the High Tea, is at 106 S. Water Street (Corner of Water and Cannon Streets).

Chestertown, MD 21620

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This value package for guests of Chestertown's Dickens of a Christmas weekend combines the Holiday House Tour with the 3 o'clock seating for High Tea at the Hynson Ringgold House for a savings of $10 per person. The House Tour, which includes eight stylish homes in the Historic District dressed for the holidays, is open from 10 :00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


ABOUT THE HOLIDAY HIGH TEA

Enjoy a lavish High Tea served in the sumptuous rooms of historic Hynson Ringgold House, the riverfront home where George Washington actually slept and dined. Built circa 1743 for a wealthy merchant, the mansion is now the official residence of the president of Washington College. A violinist will serenade you as you enjoy fine teas and a substantial menu of sweet and savory treats, complete with a complementary glass of sherry.

There are two seatings for the tea, at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. This combination package is available only with the 3 o'clock seating.

Located at 106 Water Street (at the corner of Water and Cannon Streets), the Hynson Ringgold House is an easy walk from the heart of the commercial district on High and Cross Streets. Parking is available at the Chestertown Marina and Wilmer Park, both a short block away.


ABOUT THE HOUSE TOUR

The owners of eight stylish homes in the heart of Chestertown's renowned Historic District will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Custom decorations, live music and gracious docents complete the merry atmosphere of this distinctively Dickens house tour. The tour is very walkable, with the homes concentrated in a four-block area.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Main Street Chestertown. The tour sold out in 2017, so book your reservations early!

About the Homes:

On High Street:

1. An eclectic mix of modern art, antique furniture, oriental rugs and old quilts make this 1876 Victorian era house a home. Tour includes a stroll through the garden to a small barn that houses the artist owner’s studio.

2. A thoughtful renovation of this late 19th century home incorporated many green building features both inside and out. A side yard with garden leads to a welcoming porch entrance and the contemporary interior that features an open floor plan and unique decor.

On South Queen Street

3. One of the oldest houses in Chestertown (circa 1750), the Bedingfield Hands Houseretains many original attributes, including staircase with “fancy” bannisters, woodwork, fireplaces, stunning wood floors and magnificent 12 over 12 windows.

4. This 100+ year old house is the home of two modernists who have worked to lovingly restore the historic parts of the home while having fun with lighting, art and color in a bright and bold balance of old meets new.

5. Circa 1860, the Nelly Mills House initially was two small connected homes. Today this charming abode features a mix of modern amenities and period furniture, with the two original front doors offering visitors a double welcome.

On South Water Street

6. The 1857 Captain James F. Taylor House is one of the best Italianate style homes remaining in Chestertown. Bold double doors with sidelights and transom lead to the fully restored Interior, furnished with antique and vintage furniture, art, glassware and ceramics.

7. Originally constructed around 1740, this house was the site of the Cape May Saloon and Oyster House in an area known as Scott’s Point, once home to a large free African-American community. Legend has it that the late jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald once sang there.

8. This home is an entire renovation of a structure that has stood on Water Street since the early 1900s. Features include a wood burning oven in the kitchen, original floors, exterior workshop and a porch constructed of 200 year old hand-hewn timbers found on the property.

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Chestertown Historic District. Pick up House Tour maps at the Dickens Welcome Center, 211 High Street.

Hynson Ringgold House, venue for the High Tea, is at 106 S. Water Street (Corner of Water and Cannon Streets).

Chestertown, MD 21620

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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