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Castleton plans "Colonial Day" house tours

CASTLETON The Annual Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 am to 4 p.m. This years event will feature an outstanding collection of nine private homes as well as public buildings, historic sites and galleries. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. A favorite stop on the tour is always the Castleton Federated Church where visitors can see the beautifully carved pulpit, often described as builder Thomas Dakes architectural masterpiece. Continuing along Main Street, visitors can tour the Skinner-Cresci brick house c.1832 with its converted barn that once housed the paint and wagon shop of Eliah Bond. The nearby Landgon-Hitchcock house, completed in 1823 by Thomas Dake, has a two-story room-width bay window flanking the central hall. The Ranson-Rehlen house, referred to as The Manse was built in 1846. It was constructed from plans brought from England in 1816 and features 17 Ionic columns, a curving Dake central staircase and many decorative moldings. Open for the first time will be the Northrup-Avery house. Built in 1895 in the Queen Anne style, it features shingled trim and an upper level sleeping porch. The Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, will be open as well and visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools and carriage collection. The Higley House serves as home to a period costume display maintained by the Castleton Womans Club. A special feature of Colonial Day 2008 will be the return of the Blue Cat Quilt. In January of 1976 a group of ladies from the Castleton Womans Club designed and made a one-of-a-kind quilt with six appliqué ³quares depicting three historic landmarks in town and three highlights from the book The Blue Cat of Castleton. The quilt was entirely hand sewn and hand quilted by nineteen women with over 375 hours spent in creating the unique pattern of quilting stitches. The quilt was raffled on Colonial Day 1976 to raise funds for the Womans Club community service projects and its whereabouts have been a mystery for the past 33 years. A recent call from family members of the winner of the quilt solved the mystery and through their generosity the quilt has returned to Castleton to stay. It will remain in the Higley House and be displayed for the first time in 33 years on Colonial Day. Crafts, home made bake goods and a collectible table will add to the festivities. The day will conclude at 4:00 with the Colonial Day raffle featuring a 22X27 framed Peter Huntoon Giclee Print of the Castleton Concert on the Green, a 25 hand-forged Hubbardton Forge table lamp, a Vermont Marble cheese board and New England Grillstone, and gift certificates to the Lakehouse Pub and Grill. For additional information about Colonial Day call 802-468-5691.

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