November 28, 2016
Councilman James invites the community 40th Annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour December 3rd and 4th
“Light Up Old Louisville” tells the story of how a neighborhood came to life with a little help from Thomas Edison
Louisville – There are many holiday traditions in Metro Louisville and one of the most festive gets underway when the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour celebrates its 40th Anniversary with “Light Up Old Louisville” on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th.
“Old Louisville will once again ring in the spirit of the holiday season with a yuletide display that will be appealing to the eye and warm the heart. The holidays take on a special meaning and feel when you see Victorian mansions and townhomes decorated with a wide array of lights, tinsel, and good cheer,” says Councilman David James (D-6).
The theme for the 40th Anniversary is “Light Up Old Louisville” and it will also honor the man who brought light to many parts of the world, Thomas Edison. Old Louisville came to life thanks to the American inventor and the Southern Exposition.
Many may not know but from 1883 through 1887, the Southern Exposition, a World’s Fair of its time, was in the heart of Old Louisville. As part of the Exhibition, Thomas Edison installed 5000 of his new incandescent light bulbs, making it the world’s first nighttime lighted exhibition.
The 2016 Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 12:00pm to 6:00 p.m. each day. The Tour covers the square block that lies between Magnolia and Hill, and 4th and 6th Streets and includes St. James and Belgravia Courts. Thousands of visitors are expected from all over the city and the surrounding area.
“The Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is a Louisville Christmas tradition, when eight of the Victorian mansions and town homes are open for visitors to see them in their holiday finery. This is truly the icing on the cake for the year, after Old Louisville was honored as one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association. These homes are truly architectural jewels of the country, we hope new visitors and old friends will come and enjoy the tour. This year we will have new premium bourbon tasting sponsored by the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience which will be part of the ticket. It should be a fantastic event,” said Shawn Fields Williams, Executive Director of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
The event is the primary fundraiser of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the primary advocate for Old Louisville’s residents and businesses, protects the historic preservation district, and advances the arts in the community.
“So come join us for the holidays as Old Louisville wishes everyone the best of the season,” says James.
Discounted Holiday Home Tour tickets are available at www.oldlouisville.org/holiday-
Day-of tour tickets can be purchased at the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center in Central Park, 1340 S Fourth Street, and online for $30. In collaboration with the Conrad Caldwell House Museum a discounted $50 combination ticket for the Holiday Home Tour and the Victorian Tea, held at the Conrad Caldwell House Museum, is being offered as well.