The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society is featuring two fabulous homes and a historic church with their third annual “Christmas by Candlelight” Tour Monday and Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The tour will include the Saulpaw Mansion, the home of Bob and Nancy Erwin and Watson’s Chapel AME Zion.
Each of the locations featured on the tour is steeped in history and will be beautifully decorated.
The Saulpaw Mansion, located at 154 Church St. in Calhoun, is a large Victorian mansion built in 1879 by G.L. Saulpaw, a bridge builder and owner of the local flour mill as well as other businesses.
The home has been the scene of many galas and events throughout its history. The 16-room mansion features elaborate gingerbread trim, a tower room, two staircases and numerous fireplaces with carved mantels.
The house is owned today by Mr. and Mrs. Lugh Lemley. When visitors walk through the front door, they will experience the mansion as visitors may have in the late 1800s.
The Erwin Home, located at 914 Walker Valley Road in Bradley County, is an impressive home built by Harvey Wilson in 1826, prior to the removal of the Cherokee Indians. It sits on a site associated with the Cherokee, and may be located on the road the Bell group of Cherokees traveled during the removal of 1838 known as the “Trail of Tears.”
During the Civil War, General William Sherman’s troops occupied the house twice as Sherman traveled to and from Knoxville. The house features American chestnut hardwood floors and original handmade brick in the fireplaces.
Watson’s Chapel AME Zion Church is located at the corner of Wool and Market streets at 311 Market St. in Charleston. Church members will welcome visitors with a tour. A bake sale will also be taking place.
Tickets are available in advance at the Charleston Ace Hardware or at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets may also be purchased at each of the tour locations on the night of the event.
Tickets are $10 for members of the CCH Historical Society and $15 for nonmembers.
For more information, call Darlene Goins at 423-336-2763 or the Chamber of Commerce at 472-6587.