BRIDGETON, N.J. — The Bridgeton Holiday House Tour, hosted by Bridgeton Main Street Association, will take place from 3:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The tour, which has been held for over 30 years, brings hundreds of people into Bridgeton’s Historic District surrounding the downtown to enjoy the Victorian homes, churches, and public buildings.
Stops on the tour include: the Connelly Estate, The Rev. Leonidas E. Coyle House, “Treborgarth,” and the Martin Mansion. One of the new locations on the tour this year is a mid-century, historically-built home based on the work of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Many of the beautifully-decorated homes feature delicious food and beverages. Live music will also help get tour participants into the holiday spirit. One of the great attractions included with the purchase of a ticket is the opportunity to create a holiday ornament on the laser etcher at STEAMworks, located next-door to Hopeloft on East Commerce Street.
In fact, Hopeloft, which is housed in the former Ashley McCormick building, will also be part of the tour this year. Guests will be invited to come inside and learn about the many initiatives operating within the space and how they’re working to serve local children and families in need. Their first floor will also feature Self Love Vegan Cafe’s homemade hot cocoa and Century Bakery’s famous donuts.
The First Presbyterian Church will host an art display “Why I Love Where I Live,” which will be created by the students of the Pathways 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool program through Bridgeton Public Schools. The works of art are created by students in grades 4-8 at Broad Street, Buckshutem Road, Cherry Street, Indian Avenue, Quarter Mile Lane, and West Avenue Schools. Those taking the tour can enjoy wagon rides provided by The Greater Bridgeton Area Amish Market, as well as Christmas Caroling from the Off Broad Street Players.
Tour proceeds benefit the continued revitalization of Bridgeton’s downtown through the work of Bridgeton Main Street Association.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Bridgeton Public Library or The Gallery 50. They are also accepting online orders at: www.downtownbridgeton.com. Tour booklets will be given out on the day of the tour at The Cousteau Center at the David Sheppard House, 31 West Commerce St. Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Day-of tickets can be bought there as well.