Candlelight Tour continues tonight

Published 9:22 pm Saturday, December 6, 2008

Laughter rang down Linden Avenue as darkness fell on Saturday evening.

“Scotland the Brave” echoed between the houses from a bagpiper’s instrument.

The smell of fresh-baked gingerbread wafted from the Constantia House at the end of the candle-lined street.

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It was the 32nd annual Candlelight Tour, “Life on Linden and Nearby,” presented by the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society. The event, held every year since 1977, concludes tonight.

The tour allows the public to see inside some of Suffolk’s most beautiful and historic homes, churches and other buildings. Tours have been held in various neighborhoods throughout old Suffolk and the outlying areas of the city. This year’s tour, Linden Avenue and nearby streets, is a neighborhood that was part of the westward expansion of the Suffolk “boomtown” of the early 1900s.

Homes open for the tour include three on Linden Avenue, one on West Washington Street and one on Brewer Avenue. In addition, “The First Lady” and the Constantia House, both restored homes, will be open, with linens available for purchase at The First Lady and baked goods available for purchase at the Constantia House.

Tickets will be sold at the Constantia House behind R.W. Baker Funeral Home. Candlelight Tour ticket holders will receive a 10 percent discount on meals at Suffolk restaurants tonight, including Baron’s Pub, 185 N. Main St., and Kelly’s Tavern, 119 W. Constance Road.

The Seaboard Station, owned and operated by the society, was built in 1885 and exhibits a scale model of Suffolk 100 years ago. On tour days the station will be open until 7 p.m. and ticket holders will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at the station’s gift shop.

For more information on the tour and for ticket information, visit the historical society Web site at or call 757-539-2781.