Close to home, the Old Tyme Linn Creek Christmas Home Tour is a must-do. This day-trip Christmas event begins with a Breakfast with Santa at Tonka Hills Restaurant. Kids can visit with Santa and those who are ages twelve years old and under can have a free pancake from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Included will be a photo taken with Santa.
The Camden County Museum opens at 9 a.m. for folks to enjoy some holiday refreshments, tour the museum that includes a special holiday Doll Exhibit and do some Christmas shopping. Visitors can learn about the vintage Linn Creek School (now the Camden County Museum) and purchase tickets for a donation of $15 per family that includes all events of the day and the Children’s Christmas Play, “CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators” at 4:30 p.m. From the Museum, visitors can continue their historic homes tour using the map and history guide provided with their ticket.
This historic vintage neighborhood is a rarity at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here is a sampling as to what visitors will discover about history during their tour: Visit the 1883 Hall School and early Ezard home. See the Old Linn Creek Watson/Esther home, a home original to the 1930s new town of Linn Creek. See an early home of the Lee Mace family and the historic Linn Creek Methodist Church, among others, that will be part of the tour. Outdoor lighted Christmas decorations will be on (by chance) throughout the holidays.
One of the last of the “Main Street Mansions” in Boonville allows visitors to step back into a time of a lavish, but simpler, life in local Missouri’s history. The Roslyn Heights home’s yearly Christmas Open House will be available daily to the public for lunch and tours through the first week in December, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The mansion was built in 1895 by the Johnson family. Wilbur Johnson was the son of W. F. Johnson, who founded the W.F. Johnson & Sons shoe company in 1886. Rhoda Stephens Johnson was the sister of Governor Lon Stephens.
The home’s original Interior eight mantels and woodwork and pocket doors remain as part of the historic structure. Christmas mornings in the eighteen-room Queen Anne-style home were celebrated on the third-floor ballroom of the mansion before the family returned to the main-floor dining room for Christmas dinner. Today the home includes a large collection of vintage dolls and shoes. The name “Roslyn Heights” was found on vintage-era post cards. Furnishings are antique, circa 1890. Now the home of the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution, events and regular tours are given throughout the year. Reservations can be made by calling 660-882-5320.
The Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour in Springfield will be Dec. 6-7 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $12 per person. Tours begin at the Drury Diversity Center, corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd. For more information call 417-873-7149.
Page 2 of 2 - Wander through some of Springfield’s “Finest Historic Homes.” Built between 1886 and 1910 visitors will meet residents dressed in period Victorian clothing. There are a variety of homes to visit including the newly renovated “Historic Drury President's House.” From the Drury Diversity Center in the Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd.) shuttles will be available from the Diversity Center to all stops.