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West Hartford Home Will Be Featured on Mark Twain Holiday House Tour

64 Norwood Rd., West Hartford is included on the 37th Annual Mark Twain Holiday House Tour. Submitted photo

The 37th Holiday House Tour will feature the Mark Twain House and several area homes, including a Norwood Road home in West Hartford.

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Several unique homes, including one in West Hartford, will be available for viewing when the Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum hold its 37th annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour will feature Mark Twain’s 25-room home at 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Austin House at 130 Scarborough St. in Hartford and three private homes, which will be decorated according to their homeowners’ holiday traditions.

The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th century Christmas. For more information, go to www.marktwainhouse.org.

In West Hartford, guests will tour Dr. Tracy Brennan Graham and Dr. Neville Graham home at 64 Norwood Rd. 

This stately colonial-style, four-bedroom home was built in 1943 by Love Brothers Builders. To the left of the foyer is a wonderful family kitchen and dining area. The centerpiece for the holidays is the kitchen-themed tree complete with miniature sweets and tiny kitchen utensils.

Continue through the kitchen to the greenhouse room where you are transformed to Christmas in the islands with a tree and decorations complete with shells, starfish and a seaside theme. In the formal dining room there is a collection of Lladro angels adorning the dining room table, while two Christmas trees sparkle with a magnificent assortment of Waterford ornaments.

To the left of the living room with its life sized Santa, the sunroom has been completely transformed into a miniature Christmas Village.

The Christmas spirit continues upstairs with the tree in the front window hung with family pictures. In the girl’s bedroom you are transformed to a bygone era with a tree decorated with Victorian dolls and then back to the present with a “sports themed” tree in the back foyer.

Advance tickets are $30 each and will be $35 each on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, please go tohttp://bit.ly/2x7LpLK or call 1-860-280-3130. Tickets also can be purchased at the following local businesses: Emmy Lou’s in Glastonbury; Floral Expressions in South Windsor; Flower Box in Wethersfield; Haworth’s Flowers in Farmington; Horan’s Flowers in Simsbury; and Moscarillo’s in West Hartford.

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum is a volunteer organization that has supported the museum for the past 50 years.  Proceeds from the tour will benefit the continued restoration, preservation, and educational programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

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