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December 4, 2013

Historical society offering Holiday House Tour


---- — BEVERLY — In a first for the Beverly Historical Society, the organization will present a tour of houses decorated for the holidays on Saturday.

The Holiday House Tour will include the historical society’s own Hale House, as well as six privately owned homes in the downtown neighborhood.

“They’re a variety of styles and ages,” Beverly Historical Society Director Susan Goganian said. “We’re very excited about it.”

The homes are within walking distance of each other in the neighborhoods between Hale Street and the ocean, including homes on Lothrop and Washington streets and Atlantic Avenue.

The homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket-buyers will receive a map and can tour them in any order. Historical society volunteers and the homeowners will be on hand to guide people inside the houses.

Goganian said the Hale House, which dates to 1694, will be specially decorated by a professional decorator.

Tickets cost $25 for Beverly Historical Society members and $35 for nonmembers. Premium tickets are $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Premium tickets include a post-tour reception at the Larcom Theater’s Grand Salon on Wallis Street.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Beverly Historical Society at 978-922-1186. Proceeds will benefit the society’s historic sites and collections.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or