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2018 Riparian Christmas Home Tour

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The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, November 15th, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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2018 Riparian Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour Features the Renner Home

The Riparian Woman’s Club 16th Christmas Home Tour is pleased to have the home of Mary Ann Renner on tour this year. Mary Ann Renner extends a warm holiday welcome into her charming one-story three-bedroom ranch style home built in 2017 and located at 502 River Road, Emporia.

Upon entering, the great room is furnished with comfortable seating and immediately the feeling of the holiday season abounds with Christmas decorations. Mary Ann has a talent for decorating and it will be evident throughout the home. The dining/kitchen area is large and decorated beautifully for the season. Her collection of ceramic roosters and wall hangings are shown off here. She is very proud of her grandmothers antique ninety-year old Helpmate sewing machine. The dining table and chairs and the china hutch were hand painted by her friend. One will notice the unique kitchen island, previously an entertainment center and now a creation by Mary Ann. She knows how to make something old become something new.

    

There is one very special bedroom in the home and it is granddaughter Ellie’s room. The white furniture and the touches of pink speak to a little seven-year old girl. Mary Ann refers to the master bedroom as the Williamsburg Room. She grew up in Williamsburg and has a warm spot in her heart for the colonial area. All the furniture and some of the pictures are from Williamsburg.

Mary Ann loves Christmas and is particularly proud of her “Jim Shores” collection.

Others whose homes on tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons,  Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder and the home of  Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch, in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

Newcomb-Smith House on Christmas Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club is excited to include the home of Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith on the Christmas Home Tour to be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. It is a home that many locals are familiar with and will be thrilled to see all the antiques throughout the home. It is located at 208 Church Street.

Sometimes referred to as the “Tillar House,” or the “Virginia Green House,” the two story, brick colonial house situated on the northeast corner of Church and Ingleside streets, was built in 1928 by William T, Tillar, Jr. and member of a prominent Emporia family. From what can be determined, the original home had four rooms downstairs, four rooms upstairs, three and a half bathrooms and a full, walk-out basement. In the 1940’s, Mr. Tillar added a two story addition to the back of the house. The top story of the addition, which is on the same level as the main floor of the original dwelling, is a large, eat-in kitchen with a walk-in pantry, laundry closet and half bath. The bottom story is a single car garage accessible from Ingleside Street, and is open to the basement.

In the 1990’s, another two story addition was added to the back of the previous addition by Virginia Green, a former Zigfield Follies girl who owned the house at that time. The upper level of this addition is a large bedroom and bathroom.  A recreation room is below.

The present day home, purchased in 2011 by current owners, Steve Smith and Kenny Newcomb, features four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, an eat-in kitchen, recreation room, two additional half baths, an office, a garage and a basement.

    

The interior of the home is eclectically decorated with a mixture of old and new furnishings of different styles and materials collected over the past thirty years by the owners.  When entering the home through the front door, the formal dining room is accessed through the French doors to the left. Featured here is a large, leaded crystal chandelier purchased in Germany by its original owner. Displayed in the china cabinets are many pieces of Noritake and Occupied Japan china, Waterford crystal and silver.

To the right, is the formal living room. The focal point of the room is the cherry baby grand piano. Built-in shelves, a serpentine curio cabinet, and the fireplace mantel display many interesting objects, books and lamps, many of which are vintage. Many family photographs and an original oil painting can also be found here. French doors next to the fireplace lead out to the columned screened porch which runs the depth of the original part of the house.

Toward the back of the house and to the left is the family room, a rectangular shaped room with a three-sided bump-out. The décor here is oak, leather and iron. A stained glass window set into the sixteen inch thick wall separating the family room and kitchen gives an added touch of color. Some of the artwork on the walls here are prints by local artists.

The remaining two rooms on the main floor of the house are the large eat-in kitchen and the master bedroom. Shelves in the kitchen display more objects collected over the years: figurines, cookie jars, decanters, and even an old juke box controller. A door at the back of the kitchen leads to the master bedroom, a large room with its own bathroom and walk-in closet. The room is decorated with a mix of antique and traditional style furniture.

Ken and Steve look forward to showing you their beautifully decorated home. A must see.

Others whose homes on tour are Mary Ann Renner, John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons, and Fortsville, proprietors, David and Jessica Yoder.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

Fortsville Kicks off Christmas Home Tour

The Riparian Woman’s Club of Emporia, Virginia is once again delighted in presenting the 16th Christmas Home Tour on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. The tour begins with the area’s only Airbnb owned by David and Jessica Yoder.

Welcome to Fortsville, also known as the home of John Y. Mason, (1799-1859) who was born in Hicksford, Greensville County. The plantation home is located in Sussex County in the Grizzard community. The stately home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark Register. Once located on a 1000- acre farm, today stands on approximately four acres. Fortsville has the original flooring, doors, hardware and features eight fireplaces. The bricks used during an earlier restoration were made on the farm.

    

The original owners of Fortsville were John Fort and Olive Coleman whose daughter, Mary Ann, married John Y. Mason. Mason was a prominent politician who served in the Virginia House of Delegate, Virginia State Senate, US Congress, US Judge, twice as US Secretary of Navy, and US Attorney General.

The overview of the past history of Fortsville leads to what is happening presently at this grand old plantation. Fortsville was acquired in 2017 by Jessica and David Yoder. The Yoder’s are known locally for Pineview Greenhouses. They acquired this home with exciting plans for its future. Today, it is the latest local venue for all kinds of celebrations to include, parties, family and class reunions, meetings and more. It is the areas only Airbnb! The four-bedroom Airbnb is located in a quiet Southern Virginia rural setting where one can relax in the peaceful countryside while enjoying nature.

The new Fortsville will be decorated for the Christmas Holiday season. A must see on the tour. Fortsville is located at 5088 Fortsville Rd, Emporia, in the Grizzard community.

Others whose homes on tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith, Mary Ann Renner and Mark and Wendi Simmons.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, from any Riparian Club member or by calling 434-594-4369.

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