Christmas Tour of Historic Homes

Barksdale Thomas Wagner House

Washington, GA – Wilkes County.  Last weekend was the Christmas Tour of Homes in Washington, which is run by the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation.   They know how to do a tour of homes in Washington!  There are several homes from their Spring Tour of Homes I’ve put at the end of this post.  Always enjoy seeing how people decorate their homes for Christmas.

One of the most popular posts of the year on the blog is from Washington, Victorian Homes in Washington.

Time to Tour!

This is the Barksdale-Thomas-Wagner House, which was originally built back in 1838 in more of a saltbox style, a simple 4 over 4 room house.  The house was remodeled first into a Victorian style around 1900, then into the Greek Revival that we see today back in 1909.  It stayed in the same family until 2005!

There are double front parlors in the house, originally thought to have a ladies parlor, and a mens parlor.  I enjoyed learning about some of the old family pieces, and seeing some of the old family portraits on the left side over the desk.

Living Room 1

Another view of the parlor, looking into the dining room.

Living Room 2

The rooms are large with high ceilings, and walking in the dining room gives a sense of how big this home is.  That wallpaper?  It’s actually from the 1950s, and they decided to keep it.  Goes with the vintage feel of the home.  Big dining room table all set for Christmas!  The bay window and side porch were part of the earlier remodeling in this home.

Dining Room 2

Here’s another view of the dining room, looking back into the center hall of the house.

Dining Room 1

The master bedroom is downstairs as well, and has a door onto one of the side porches.  It’s actually the old big window with a door frame at the bottom (I know there’s a technical term, but I can’t remember it!).  One thing I love about old homes – fireplaces in all the rooms!

Master Bedroom

Heading back to the center hall…the red, white, and blue Christmas tree!  Just beyond the doorway is where a previous owner, an avid gardener, did a lot of potting.  They restored the original sink in this area.  This home is known for its gardens.


Heading upstairs there are 4 additional bedrooms. The big center hallway and landing is below.

Upstairs Landing

All in all, this is one amazing home.  And some really interesting vintage Christmas decorations.  These below are from the 1950s, and still have their 15 cent price tags on them!

Vintage Ornaments

Outside, there are several great outbuildings – the original well and carriage house are still on the property.  And old spring house has been moved to the property and is used as a playhouse!

Here’s another view of the front of the house – you can see the cobalt blue glass around the front door.  With the sun streaming in while I was there, amazing to see them from inside this home (and naturally, I forgot to take a picture of that inside!).

Front Wagner House

Christmas Tour of Historic Homes is an annual event in Washington, and a great way to spend the day.  They even have a dinner and tour more homes in the evening.  Washington is a small town with big history, and I look forward to Spring Tour of Homes there.  If you missed the tour this year, here are some of the homes that were featured on the blog (just click on the name and it will take you to that post):

Peacewood Plantation – Washington, GA

Petersilie Home – Washington, GA

Penna Home – Washington, GA

As always, thanks so much for coming on the Christmas Tour of Historic Homes, and taking time to read the blog.  Merry Christmas!  Appreciate your interest in Old Georgia Homes!