PARKERSBURG - The weather did little to keep people away as about 100 people toured the historic Cook House on Saturday during the annual Colonial Christmas Celebration held by the Junior League of Parkersburg.
"We had a very good turnout with a very busy morning," said Valerie Curtis, chair of the Cook House Preservation Committee with the Junior League of Parkersburg. "We were worried about the weather since it was so bad (Friday) night, but apparently people want to get out of the house."
Each Christmas season for the last few years, the Junior League has held its holiday open house in the 184-year-old house at 1301 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Twins Peyton and Addison, right, Woodburn, of Parkersburg, talk to Santa Claus with the help of their mother, Meredith Woodburn, on Saturday in the front room of the historic Cook House on Murdoch Avenue.
"We have given tours of some nature since the Junior League acquired the house in 1978 and everyone seemed to enjoy the tour during the holidays the most," Curtis said. "We like to have events where we can show off the house and the history of the valley."
Curtis said the Junior League always tries to do the holiday tour of the Cook House during the same weekend as other home tours in the area to allow people to do more than one event.
"Having more than one event going on in the same weekend allows people who tour the Cook House and join other home tours to make a weekend of the cultural and historical events locally," Curtis added. "Participating in events like this allow people to learn about what happened in their home town 100 years ago."
At A Glance
* Roughly 100 visitors toured the historic Cook House on Saturday during the annual Colonial Christmas Celebration held by the Junior League of Parkersburg.
* The Cook House, at 1301 Murdoch Ave., was built in 1829 and is the oldest brick home in Parkersburg still on its original foundation.
* Valerie Curtis, chair of the Cook House Preservation Committee with the Junior League of Parkersburg, said she was pleased with the turnout and with helping people learn about the area's history.
Saturday's activities included colonial crafts for children and adults, tours of the Cook House with period rooms decorated with trimmings from the time, photos with Santa Claus and light refreshments.
The Cook House was built in 1829 and is the oldest brick home in Parkersburg still standing on its original location. The Junior League of Parkersburg maintains the house as a 19th century historic exhibit. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The holiday celebration is one of two main programs scheduled each year by the Junior League at the Cook House, Curtis said. The other is held each spring, when the Cook House is open to fourth-graders from throughout Wood County who take field trips to tour the home.
Private groups can arrange tours through the Junior League.