Castleton Colonial Day House Tours
Plan on spending the day, Saturday, August 16, at the Castleton Woman’s Club 76th annual Colonial Day House Tour. The self-guided walking tour includes 20 sites throughout the village, including outstanding period homes, public buildings, galleries and historic sites.
The Federated Church on Main Street, described as builder Thomas Royal Dake’s architectural masterpiece, is a popular stop on the tour. The pulpit, with its intricate moldings and panels, is one of the most extraordinary in the state. Dake is also famous for his beautifully scaled spiral staircases – several of the homes on the tour feature them.
At the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, visitors can see exhibits of antique tools, a carriage collection and period fashion of the 19th century. Also on display is the famous Blue Cat Quilt depicting historic landmarks in town and highlights from the book ‘The Blue Cat of Castleton.’ The quilt was entirely hand-sewn and quilted with over 375 hours spent in its unique quilting stitches.
Also on the tour will be spinning and chair caning demonstrations and a display of antique and contemporary quilts. The Langdon Hitchcock House will feature collectible blue cats in of fabric, glass, ceramic and wood.
The Castleton Library will hold an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m., and the Federated Church will host a ham dinner starting at 5 p.m. at a cost of $9 for adults and $5 for children. The Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour tickets can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-278-8150 or e-mail:[email protected]