Cleveland visitors can travel back in time to the late 19th century and experience the elegance of a Victorian Christmas at the J. E. Reeves Victorian House & Carriage Museum in Dover, Ohio which is offering special Christmas tours from November 11 through December 22. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Dover.
J. E. Reeves Victorian Home This opulent. 17 room Victorian mansion is the former home of Dover iron industrialist J.E. Reeves and his family. Today the mansion is owned by the Dover Historical Society. The house features a third floor ballroom and it has been restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance. The mansion is filled with original furniture and antiques that were owned by the Reeves family.
Visitors will be able to enjoy all the furnishings up close and personal since there are no ropes or barriers to prohibit guests from entering the rooms.
Christmas Tours For the mansion holiday tours each of the 17 rooms will be decorated for Christmas and will feature a Christmas tree. Walk-through tours begin on November 11 and will give visitors a chance to view the Christmas decorations. Fully guided tours begin on November 23. Volunteers will be in each room to relay information about the home and the Reeves family as guests stroll through the rooms. This year’s theme is “Please Come Home for Christmas”.
A special lamplight tour will be offered on Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m. All overhead lights will be turned off and the mansion will be lit strictly by Christmas lights, the Christmas trees and a few lamps. This walk-through guided tour will be led by candlelight.
This year the Dover Historical Society is hosting a Gingerbread House contest and display in the Reeves’ Carriage House. The houses will be on display from Saturday, December 8 through Saturday, December 15. The display is free but there will be a donation box for the Dover Vocal Music Program. Tours of the house will also be available during this time for $8 for adults and $3 for students. The competing gingerbread houses can be entered in 7 different categories.
The J.E. Reeves Homes will also be hosting a Choir Concert on the evening of December 8. Ensemble groups of the Dover choirs will be performing. The concert begins at 6 p.m. That evening guests will be able to take a tour of the home for a discounted rate of $6.
Christmas tours are offered from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily through December 22. The J.E. Reeves Home will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Admission for the Walk- through tours is $7. Admission for the guided tours is $8 for adults and $3 for children.
For more information about the Christmas Tours or about the J.E. Reeves Home in general, call 800-815-2794 or get online at www.doverhistory.org.
The J.E. Reeves Victorian Home is located at 325 East Iron Ave. in Dover, Ohio. Dover is 81 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 1.5 hour drive.