Edinburg Holiday Homes Tour returns

Dan Harshman stands in the foyer of his home beside a lamp he created and a merry-go-round horse that welcomes visitors to the home of the husband and wife interior designers. Rich Cooley/Daily

EDINBURG – Shenandoah County welcomes the return of its Holiday Homes Tour after a six-year absence. Nine homes and historic buildings have been festively decorated for the tour beginning on Friday.

Mayor Dan Harshman and his wife, Sue, of Edinburg, have been collecting items since they were children. “When we got married, we continued,” the mayor said. The Harshman’s home, originally belonging to Sue’s grandmother, is full of life long adventures and memories. Their collections included vintage cameras, antique furniture, custom pieces made by Dan and of course Christmas décor.

“We have old fashioned Christmas balls from my grandmother, water globes and Santas scattered throughout the house,” Dan said. Dan, an art enthusiast and master handyman, proudly admits to decorating the house himself. “Once I had a thought,” he said. “The rest just came to me.” Sue joked she just kept him fed.

Citizens who know Mayor Harshman know of his impeccable handyman abilities. “He’s a man of many talents,” Sue added. Not only does he do projects around the house but he’s been seen throughout the town lending a hand and hammer.

Over the years, Harshman has redone each room in his home. “Everyone who lives in an old house lives in them for a reason,” he explained. “When we came back to grandma’s house after getting married, we realized this house was a project within a project.”

A rare cast iron mantel graces a fireplace in one of the living rooms inside the Harshman home. Rich Cooley/Daily

“When they asked us to participate in the house tour I said ‘yes’ as an incentive to get some projects done around the house,” Harshman said. Since May of this year he has redone the ceiling in the living room, upgraded the paneling going up the stairs with old garage doors and redone the crown molding, all while being mayor and town manager.

As guests walk into Harshman’s house, they’ll be greeted by Christmas music playing in the background. And then they’ll promptly notice how each room in itself is unique. Nine fully decorated Christmas trees are on display throughout the home. However, guests will only have the opportunity to view the first floor. “We felt like we needed some privacy,” Sue said.

The front living room is dressed in tones of gold and silver, creating a more traditional embellished look. Birds and dried hydrangeas fill the branches giving the tree depth and dimension. The second living room, known for its grand cast-iron fireplace, is surrounded by festive Santa Clauses from around the world. The dinning room showcases a beautiful crystal chandelier, a wedding present to the couple. The dining room table is also dressed for the festive season in their wedding china and crystal Sue has collected over the years. A small tree decorated with vintage Coca Cola themed ornaments stands in the kitchen corner. Other embellishments can be seen throughout the first floor, including a vintage carousel horse and a Rock-Ola pinball machine.

The event is sponsored by the Edinburg Heritage Foundation and Response with all proceeds going to the two organizations. The tour will originate at the Edinburg Mill and Museum on both days where ticket-holders will receive a map, entrance tickets, a program booklet with history and photos of the homes, and refreshments, including a hot beverage and cookies. A tour of the museum will be offered at no charge.

There will be ample on-street parking and parking at the mill. Shuttle buses will be provided by the Charter House School and will travel the entire circuit of homes. The buses are not handicapped-accessible.

This is one of the living rooms of the Harshman home that is on the Edinburg holiday home tour this year. Rich Cooley/Daily

The following homes will be on the tour: Dan and Sue Harshman, 216 Center St.; Heather and Donny Holsinger at 212 Center St.; Dawn and Eric Estep at 213 Center St.; Joan and Emery Reistetter at 214 Center St.; Robin Layman at 204 Piccadilly St.; Donna and Bill Smith’s Renaissance Bed and Breakfast at 212 N. Main St.; Karen and Byron Wightman at 508 Stoney Creek Boulevard.

Also on tour is the Mill House, which housed the Edinburg Mill manager and family. It is located next to the mill and is always beautifully decorated by Judy and Clyde Beachy.


When: Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $20 and can be purchased by credit card at the Edinburg Town Office and the Edinburg Mill. Tickets are good for both days.

A cash register that dates to the 1800s sits inside the kitchen area of the home. Rich Cooley/Daily


A tree of santas in the living room. Rich Cooley/Daily

Floral arrangements designed by Dan Harshman frame the doorways into the second living area. Rich Cooley/Daily