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Visit historic houses during Marble Falls Christmas Home Tour

The Ebeling house on Avenue F in Marble Falls is one of four homes on a Christmas tour December 7. Courtesy photo

The Christmas Home Tour is adding more homes this year in celebration of The Falls on the Colorado Museum’s 20th anniversary. The tour is an annual fundraising event for the museum, which is located in the historic Granite School building, 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls. The self-guided tour runs 6-8 p.m. Saturday, December 7. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older and may be purchased at the museum during regular hours and from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s our final fundraiser of the year,” said the museum's Darlene Oostemeyer. “We’re going to end the year on a great note.”

The four homes are all within walking distance of each other and architecturally and historically significant.

“We wanted to reach out to the community and show off the extraordinary architecture on the east side of Marble Falls,” Oostermeyer said. “The homes will be decorated for the holidays. You’ll find a surprise around every corner.”

The homes, which can be visited in any order, are:

• The Christian-Matern house, 603 Seventh St., owned by Caryl Calsyn. For many years, Calsyn has opened her 1892 home at Christmas for the museum. Decorations include extensive Christmas lights and a Christmas tree that reaches the ceiling of the living room. The home has a Texas Historical Marker.

• The Ebeling house, 601 Avenue F, owned by Nancy Ebeling. The house was built in 1891 by Otto Ebeling, great-grandfather of today’s owner. Retired art teacher Nancy Ebeling has amazing explanations for her decorations, including one story about the purple cow stationed in the side yard. The home has a Texas Historical Marker.

• The Dr. W.D. Yett house, 501 Sixth St., owned by Megan and Jeff Steele. The 1898 home has an unusual mansard roof. Early owners included Ella (Cox) and Robert L. Jay with their daughters, Lola Jay and Lois Jay. Lois married Steinmetz Darragh. More recent owners made changes and added a swimming pool in the backyard.

• The former First Baptist Church Parsonage, 604 Avenue F, owned by Lori and Randy Rudman. The Rev. and Mrs. W.M. Riddle were the first occupants of the parsonage, built in 1905 on Seventh Street, its original location. It was later moved to Avenue F.

The Falls on the Colorado Museum highlights the history of Marble Falls and surrounding communities. It features standing and traveling exhibits. Visit the website or call 830-798-2157 for more information.

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