Strasburg’s Holiday House Tour

Barbara Plitt stands in the upstair office of her home at the corner of Sharpe and West King streets in Strasburg. Plitt made the lamp shade for the lamp at right and has personal art items displayed including photos of her daughter Sam Strong on the back wall. Plitt's home is one of six on Strasburg's Home Tour this weekend. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Step inside historic homes and get into the holiday spirit this weekend with the Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour. This year’s tour showcases six beautifully decorated homes throughout the town.

Barbara Plitt of Strasburg, a retired Navy veteran and floral enthusiast discovered her love for color at a young age. “My background is in art,” Plitt said. Throughout Strasburg her home is known as the ‘colorful house’.

Plitt’s home, 301 W. King St., is thought to date back to the 18th century where it consisted of one room with an adjoining staircase. Later on, a two-story addition was added to the east side and a kitchen and dining room were added to the rear of the home.

Architecture aficionados will appreciate the exposed joints and floorboards in the living room. And the original logs exposed on the west wall and up the staircase.

Guests will notice Plitt’s use of bright whimsical jeweled tones incorporated throughout her home. “I was in the flower business for over 45 years,” Plitt said. “So I got tired of traditional Christmas.” A turquoise Christmas tree is nestled up in Plitt’s living room where visitors will notice her love of unique finds. Her walls are adorned with art she’s compiled over the year including photographs taken by and of family members.

Plitt said she is looking forward to the Holiday House Tour mostly because she’s curious to see everyone’s holiday perspective. “Since I bought the house, the town has been asking me to do this,” Plitt said. “I respect the history of this house, but I’ve added my own twist.”

Plitt’s home along with five others will be open on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The homes are as follows: Carrie and Andy Herbaugh, 273 Sharpe St.; Barbara Plitt, 301 W. King St; Craig Morris and Mike Marcheterre, 262 Sharpe St. Elizabeth and Fred Keefe, 187 High St.; Michelle Burdette and Mindy Shane, 368 W. King St. and Rhonda and Tim Taylor, 144 High St.

The proceeds from holiday home tour benefit the Strasburg Heritage Association.

Complimentary refreshments served at Holliday House Bed & Breakfast, 112 E. King St.


When: Saturday, Dec. 9

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $10 advance and day of- available at Hotel Strasburg or Pot Town Organics

Correction: Edinburg Heritage Association should be Strasburg Heritage Association