Sykesville sites opening doors for Historic Christmas tour Proceeds benefit Historic District Commission

December 06, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sykesville opens its doors today with its Historic Christmas tour.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., municipal buildings and several residences -- 10 sites in all -- will be open to the public. Tickets are $10 and are available at the 115-year-old Town House, the seat of local government and the tour's first stop at 7547 Main St. Proceeds benefit the Sykesville Historic District Commission.

Also open are the Gatehouse Museum, which is filled with town artifacts, and the Schoolhouse, once the only school for blacks in the area. The town is restoring the one-room schoolhouse as an education museum.

Homes on Main Street, Springfield Avenue, Spout Hill Road and Raincliffe Road are featured on the walking tour.

Judith Klein of Springfield Avenue said she has spent weeks preparing for her guests. Her home was on a county holiday tour two years ago, so she knew the work involved in preparing the home and three acres.

"You have to do everything," Klein said. "Clean the windows, rake the yard, everything."

Ten years ago, under a previous owner, the three-story Victorian with six bedrooms was a bed-and-breakfast.

In its 150 years, the home has had several incarnations. The property once had a blacksmith's shop, and a secret passage in the basement has led Klein to believe the home may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Information: 410-552-3516.

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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