Columbiana residents open their homes for annual Christmas tour

Published 9:44 am Friday, December 15, 2023

By NOAH WORTHAM | Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana residents had the opportunity to tour a variety of historic homes while also raising funds to support the city’s beautification board during the Christmas Tour of Homes.

The Columbiana Beautification Board held the tour on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 2-5 p.m. and saw more than 175 people visit six local homes.

“The homeowners all decorated their homes in their own style and they were all stunning,” said Lisa Davis, chairman of the Columbiana Beautification Board.

The tour not only gave attendees a chance to explore the interior of several historic, decorated houses in Columbiana but also helped raise funds.

“The Beautification Board uses the Tour of Homes as one of our main fundraisers,” Davis said. “It’s a way to raise money to use for community beautification type projects. I’m sure most people have noticed how much our Board has done over the last few years in the downtown area during the holiday season. Our vision is to have a little Hallmark spot right here in Shelby County. So many people from all over the area  have come to the Tour of Homes over the years and look forward to it.”

During the tour, attendees visited the home of the Colburns on 103 Ferry Road which was built in 1933 and was recently renovated.

“They have done a fantastic job of highlighting the features in their home both inside and out,” Davis said. “They have an amazing outdoor entertainment area.”

The tour also featured the home of the Davis’s on 209 North Main Street which is more than a century old and featured a parlor room, chandeliers and a dining room.

“Ms. Davis did such a beautiful job decorating and has some wonderful family heirloom pieces we enjoyed seeing,” Lisa said.

Jill Lee and her daughter Maddie decorated their home at 234 Cedar Lane with colorful pinks, whites and golds for visitors on the tour.

“It couldn’t have been more beautiful and stylish,” Davis said. “They have an amazing library and reading room. Everything was just breathtaking in their home.”

The tour also featured the Fleagle’s residents which previously served as the Columbiana Inn Bed and Breakfast.

“They have done a fabulous job elevating the decor and making it a warm, cozy home,” Davis said. “It was built before the 1900’s and has undergone so many renovations but keeping in the charm and character of the wonderful older home.”

The Fleagle’s also served hot cocoa in their shed whilst dressed in costume as carolers.

The Roulier’s featured their home on 303 Mildred Street which was built in 1930 and has been restored whilst showcasing some of the original details including 11th foot ceilings, heart line floors and original trim and doors.

“It was decorated so perfectly this holiday season,” Davis said.

The Lacey’s home at 400 North Main Street has been featured on the Columbiana Tour of Homes for several years and was open once again this year.

“The Lacey’s highlighted so many original features as well as their beautifully decorated home in a Williamsburg type fashion,” Davis said. “It was stunning.”

The home has been a part of the community for more than 140 years. It was originally built as a two-room schoolhouse in the late 1800’s. It was. built into a family dwelling years later has been home to several families.

“The Beautification Board couldn’t have chosen a better group of homes this year,” Davis said. “Most of the homes were in the downtown area and very close and convenient for guests. We had so many compliments and positive comments this year and look forward to planning the next tour.”