This year’s Yellow Frame Church holiday home tour is celebrating its 27th year, and this year’s lineup of homes includes five very different and uniquely beautiful houses in Green, Hope and Fredon. On Saturday, Dec 7, people will have the chance to tour the homes, which will be decked out in their holiday best, as well as visit the church for a light lunch and to purchase goodies and gifts from Santa’s Gourmet Shoppe.
One of the homes on this year’s tour is an 1840s farmhouse built by Theodore Hunt at Hunt’s Mill. The Hunt family received several land grants from King George III of England and built many homes, businesses, and farms in what is now the southwest part of Sussex County and the northeast part of Warren County. The home now belongs to the daughter and son-in-law of an original Hunt family member and has been lovingly restored over the last six years.
Another home on the tour was also built by the Hunts and lays within walking distance of the Hunt’s Mill house. Other houses on the 2019 tour include a replica New England Saltbox, a renovated Cape Cod cottage, and a center hall Chesapeake Bay-style home.
The tour has become a destination event for many over the last three decades, and co-chair Judith Shotwell is grateful for all the return visitors and new faces.
“People come from all over to start their holiday season with us,” she said, “It’s a really special day for everyone.”
The Yellow Frame Church will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 7 for Santa’s Gourmet Shoppe shoppers, and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Houses may also be toured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the church on the day of the event, and cost $32 for the tour and lunch; $12 for lunch alone, or $25 for the tour by itself. For more information, contact the church office at 973-383-5364.
Home Tour co-chair Kathy Hunt said that the church is always looking for houses to participate in future tours. If interested, contact the church office to be put in touch with either Hunt or Shotwell.