Holiday Home Tours: Visit private homes, historic Woodstock buildings Saturday

This is the exterior of the former Peer home at 139 North Muhlenberg St. in Woodstock. The home, purchased in October 2015 by Bill and Judy Beavers, is one of the homes open to visitors during the Holiday Home Tour on Saturday. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Holiday Home Tours return to Woodstock after an absence of more than 10 years.

Four private homes and four historical buildings will be decorated for visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

One tour location is the 20th-century home of Judy and Bill Beavers at 139 N. Muhlenberg St.

Judy Beaver said the two-story home was built in 1900 and includes five bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and seven fireplaces (six indoor fireplaces and one outdoor).

She said before purchasing the home in October 2015, she and her husband had looked at multiple homes in the area, but “fell in love” with the property and the old-fashioned charm it offered.

Jenny Beavers, daughter of Bill and Judy Beavers, stands on the original stairway of the former Peer home on Muhlenberg Street in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

The 3,534-square-foot home needed a lot of renovations, she said, but they saw immense potential. The Beavers spent the past year removing old wallpaper that covered about 90 percent of the walls and then repainting the walls. They also remodeled the downstairs bathroom and cleaned up an overgrown yard  they said resembled a “jungle.”

Judy Beaver said they are renovating the kitchen in January with new flooring, cabinets and appliances and then will tackle an upstairs bathroom after that project is complete.

The home also features a wraparound porch with Ionic columns and a simple balustrade. Large windows bring in light to the large home, covered by the curtains purchased by the previous owner.

She said she tried to keep as much of the original home pieces in place as possible, including door knockers and most of the lighting and molding that was in place before she moved in. The railing leading up to the upstairs is also the original wood.

In addition to the home’s bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen, it also holds a living room, family room, parlor, dining room, office and laundry room.

The home's office is where Dr. William C. Ford, who built the house in 1900, conducted his practice. Rich Cooley/Daily

She said the home was built in 1900 by Dr. William C. Ford and his wife Elizabeth Miller Heller Ford. After losing her children and husband in unfortunate circumstances, Elizabeth Ford’s second cousin, Beverly Lichliter, came to live with her in 1939 when she was 9 years old.

Judy Beaver added that Lichliter married Allen Hollis Peer Sr. in 1949 and had three children: Elizabeth, Beverly Virginia and Allen Hollis Peer Jr.

Allen Peer Sr. died in 1974 and Lichliter married Charles B. Snyder in 1981. He owned and operated Snyder’s Dry Cleaners on Main Street prior to becoming post master.

The Beavers previously owned the house at 509 S. Main St. before moving into their Muhlenberg Street residence.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

The Beavers removed much of their home's wallpaper, but found an old roll of wallpaper in the attic and applied it over the livingroom's fireplace mantel. Rich Cooley/Daily


If You Go

Sponsor: The Holiday Home Tours are sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds benefiting the Woodstock Museum and the Shenandoah Garden Club of Woodstock.

Tour locations:

• Woodstock Museum’s Marshall House, 104 S. Muhlenberg St.

This is the home's parlor. Rich Cooley/Daily

• Woodstock Museum’s Wickham House, Lawyers Row.

• The home of Judy and Bill Beavers, 139 N. Muhlenberg St.

• Sigma Sigma Sigma house, 207 N. Muhlenberg St.

• Richman Rollings Inn, 115 N. Muhlenberg St.

• Stickley Hall, 144 W. Spring St., which is the home of Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary.

This is an upstairs bedroom that Judy Beavers refers to as the "Blue Room." She decided to leave the wallpaper on the walls in this room. Rich Cooley/Daily

• Beverley Farms, which is the home of the head of Massanutten Military Academy on the corner of Indian Spring Road and Main Street.

• The Old Shenandoah County Court House , 103 N. Main St.

Tickets: The tour begins at the Woodstock Museum’s Marshall House where ticket-holders will receive a program and map.  Admission is $15 in advance and can be purchased at the Edinburg Mill, the Woodstock Café, PJ Design and the Woodstock Brewhouse. Tickets are also available the day of the event for $20.  In the case of inclement weather, the tours will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

This canopy bed graces the upstairs guest room, which features a fireplace and large windows. Rich Cooley/Daily