V isitors to Castleton this weekend can catch a glimpse of the beautiful homes and art that existed during the colonial era.
As they have been doing for 76 years, the Castleton Women’s Club is holding its annual fundraiser, Colonial House Day Tour on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a self-guided walking tour that includes 20 sites located throughout the village of Castleton.
Everything from colonial period homes, public buildings, galleries and historic sites will be open for show.
On the tour you will be able to see the Federated Church on Main Street, which is one of builder Thomas Royal Dake’s architectural masterpieces. This is only one of his pieces of work however that will be displayed as part of the tour. In many homes around the area you will find his very well known beautiful spiral staircases featured in many of the homes.
Another well-liked estate is the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society. At this destination visitors will be able to look at the different exhibits, antique tools, a carriage collection and different fashion and accessories that were trendy during the colonial times.
Something special on display at the Higley house will be the famous Blue Cat Quilt. This quilt was entirely hand sewn with many unique patterns and a cat woven into it. The quilt became so popular author Catherine Cobelntz wrote a children’s tale called The Blue Cat of Castle Town. Since then the blue cat has sort of developed into a mascot for Castleton.
More things to look for while touring around will be spinning and chair caning demonstrations, antique quilts and collectible blue cats which can be found at the Langdon Hitchcock House.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to have these homes open for people to see the quality of the homes and workmanship,” Women’s Club member, Joanne Riley said.
During the day, from noon to 2 p.m. the Castleton Library will hold an ice cream social and then once all the festivities are over the Federated Church will host a ham dinner starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner will be $9 for adults and $5 for children.
If you’re looking to buy tickets for the tour they can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths located on Main Street. The cost will be $20 and $18 for senior ages 62 and older. Additional information can also be reached by calling 802-287-8150 or by email at [email protected]