On August 16, 2017

Castleton hosts 79th annual Colonial Day House Tour

Courtesy of Castleton Historical Society

The Federated Church in Castleton  one of several stops on the Colonial Day House Tour that was architecturally designed by Thomas Royal Dake.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.—CASTLETON— The 79th annual Colonial Day House Tour will be held Saturday, Aug. 19. The self-guided walking tour includes over a dozen sites throughout the village including period homes, public buildings 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.

At the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools, carriage collection and period fashion display of 19th century clothing and accessories.

New on the tour this year is the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church dedicated in 1899 and recently renovated into a charming private residence. Demonstrations of early American crafts can be seen in homes on the tour.

The Castleton Free Library will hold an ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. At 4 p.m., Friends of the Library will host Glenn Andres, who will talk about the historical architecture of Castleton.

The tour will be held rain or shine, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour tickets are $20 ($18 seniors 62-plus) and can be purchased at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-468-5691.

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