On Thursday, December 5, four Milford families opened their homes to the public for the Sixth Annual Christmas House Tour to benefit the Delaware Hospice Center. The four homes were decorated for the holidays, and visitors could enjoy appetizers, cookies and beverages as they viewed the beautiful decorations on display. The tour was hosted by the Rose Colored Lasses, a Relay for Life team that holds several fundraisers throughout the year.
“We work together so well,” said Rosie Babel, one of the members of the Rose Colored Lasses. “This is our first year doing this for Delaware Hospice, but we want to keep the money local, and many of our members have benefitted from the services of Delaware Hospice. This was my idea six years ago because I so enjoyed one in Dover. The group needed fund raisers, and I came up with the idea of a Christmas house tour. Since then, we have loved putting them together.”
The event began with a Wine Tasting by Bernie and Appetizers at the home of Poncho, Lisa and Colby Johnson on Haven Lake Avenue. The home, which sits on the lake, was decorated throughout with poinsettias, Santa figures and evergreens. Guests were greeted by a full-sized reindeer attached to a sleigh, setting the festive spirit before entering the home.
The next home on the tour was the home of Ron and Jill Tatman, located on Evergreen Lane. The home not only displayed festive decorations, but many of the furnishings and wood carvings were created by Mr. Tatman. Guests were treated to homemade cookies and spiced, hot cider as well as they toured the beautiful home.
McCann Manor, the home of Retired General Henry and Bonnie McCain, was the next stop on the tour. The home featured over 150 decorated Christmas trees in various themes, including Dr. Seuss and the Wizard of Oz. A life-sized Santa in one room greeted guests with a martini glass in his hand, and even the powder rooms were decked out in holiday attire.
The final stop on the tour was the historic Sunnybrae Mansion on Northeast Tenth Street. Owned by Karen and Lynn McColley, the home was built in 1937 by Monk Davis, who worked as a lobbyist and advisor for the DuPont family. When Mr. Davis retired, the DuPont’s gave him a large retirement package, and he purchased the land where the mansion now sits. When the McColley’s purchased the home, they decided to restore it to the way it was when Mr. Davis lived there, and to carry on Mr. Davis’ love of entertaining by opening the home up to special events, such as weddings and parties.
The home has four floors, all of which were open for visitors, allowing a unique look into a bygone era. Some of the original phones used by Mr. Davis were on display, with their pearl buttons and guests could view the Christmas decorations in all ten of the bedrooms in the home.
“We just love to entertain, and purchasing this home was a way we could not only bring Milford history to light, but share it with other members of our community as well,” said Karen McColley.