Woman's Club Holiday House Tour



September 27, 2023   The Woman’s Club of Woodbury holds 27th Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Begun in 1995, the Tour has been a staple of  holiday celebration, enjoyed by thousands of visitors from local, loyal attendees to residents from surrounding states. This year, five festively decorated homes, will be open to the public on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Tickets will be on sale beginning October 15, 2023 through EventBrite and numerous local businesses. Advance purchase tickets are $30. Tickets, including maps, may also be purchased on the day of the Tour for $35 at the Woodbury Senior Center.  Refreshments and holiday treats will be served throughout the day. A time-honored tradition of Holiday baskets, with fresh greenery, and bows will also be available for purchase. For House Tour information, contact co-chair Kris Atwood at 203-313-2639 or co-chair Claudette Volage at 203-419-5208.

The Woman’s Club of Woodbury, established in 1896, is the oldest, continuously operating GFWC in the state. The Club supports scholarships for Nonnewaug High School students and deserving women who are at a crossroads in their careers. In addition, we support The Food Bank, local arts, community projects and shelters for the homeless and the domestically abused. Since 1995, the  proceeds from the House Tour have provided over $260,000 towards these community causes.

The Woman’s Club of Woodbury welcomes women of all ages who join in sharing their time and talents to support local, worthy causes. Business meetings take place at 11:00 a.m. on the first Monday of every month from September through April at the Emergency Services building on Quassuk Road. These meetings are followed by a variety of speakers, presenting programs on contemporary topics and are open to the public. For Membership information, contact Nancy at 203-586-1423.



The Club is thrilled to host its 27th Annual House Tour on Saturday, December 9th, from 10-4! Five Woodbury homes and the District #2 Schoolhouse will be featured on the tour, many local restaurants are offering discounts on the day of the event, and Holiday Baskets and decorations will be for sale at the Senior Center of Woodbury, 281 Main Street South. Complimentary beverages and cookies will be available at the Senior Center.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite (with pick up at the Senior Center on the 9th) and at the following Woodbury locations: Canfield Corner Pharmacy, 1754 House, Woodbury Farm Market, The Hidden Acorn, John’s Café, Carole Peck’s Good News Restaurant and Bar, and Ace Hardware. Additional locations for ticket sales are Newbury Place, Southbury; Yankee Quilters, Seymour; and Hickory Stick Bookstore, Washington Depot. Advance tickets are $30, tickets purchased at the Senior Center on December 9th are $35. Tour takes place regardless of weather and tickets are non-refundable.

Local restaurants who are offering attendees, with the presentation of their tickets, a 10% discount for dining on December 9th only, are: Carlito’s, Charcoal Chef, 1754 House, Carole Peck’s Good News Restaurant and Bar, Dottie’s Diner, John’s Café (Lunch Only), Market Place, San Remo, Rachel’s Kitchen (Excludes Lobster Dishes), Al’s Pizza, Mix Prime (Lunch Only), and Papa’s Main Street Deli.


Slippers and socks (non-slip) ONLY. NO STREET SHOES ALLOWED IN HOMES.


Featured homes:


CORRIGAN HOUSE: Built in 1835, this home lay vacant for over 50 years. Lovingly restored by architect Patrick Corrigan and his wife, the house features a seamless kitchen addition, offering open living/dining space and which mirrors the same wide plank, original flooring. Much of the build-ins were designed by Patrick, as well. The original gable and window, visible from the street, is now a feature in the primary bedroom with its peak ceiling. The home features artwork by friends and family members, as well as, a rounded stone fireplace with an antique beam mantel.


QUINT HOUSE: This Victorian cottage, built in 1890 by the Quint family, remained in the family until 1969. The entry, a unique “M” shaped design, was thought to honor Mr. Quint’s involvement with the Freemasons. The second owners, the Desomma family who lived there for 47 years, utilized the current playroom, office and mudroom as a dental office. Current  residents, the Mayo Family, are enjoying spreading out in the meandering downstairs with its spacious dining, living, office, playroom, kitchen and family rooms. [A staircase to the upstairs is too narrow to safely use and will be closed to visitors].


WESTWOOD HOUSE: Kyle and Annie Haines had their eye on this property for some time; when it became available, they were overjoyed to put their mark on the home for their growing family. Reconfiguring a large part of the downstairs involved relocating walls and repurposing rooms. The result is an indoor/outdoor home built for family and entertaining. The kitchen cabinetry – along with much of the renovation work - was built, installed and painted by the owners, with help from their friends. The outdoor decks and patios provide cozy spots to enjoy the scenery. Of special note: a stunning, massive, single board, dining table was hand crafted by Kyle from an immense tree he felled on the property.


CANDLE LANTERN MANOR: Early records indicate this home was built circa 1700, with a land transfer from John Judson to Timothy Walker in 1751, and history as a stagecoach stop. It came by its name when the Rowley family discovered candle lanterns in their “new” 1951 home. Art Pappas, a local antique dealer, had his eye on the house for over 40 years before he and his wife, Susan, had the opportunity to purchase the home in 2018. Art’s restoration took five years and included adding plumbing (the house had none!). The house is filled with antiques and hidden charm at every turn, including a collection of early silver by four, local silversmiths.


RAESCHLE HOUSE: Built in 2023, the home of David Raeschle, gives visitors a glimpse into the popular modern, farmhouse style. Working with the builder, David brought his own floorplan and wishes, resulting in a cozy but open family home with many unique design elements. From the large mud room, to the extensive pantry space, to the chef’s kitchen, the home offers a unique indoor/outdoor flow for entertaining. The primary bedroom suite is on the main floor. Upstairs, additional bedrooms, a large bonus room, and a mezzanine area open to the downstairs, the house accommodates family, friends and entertaining.


DISTRICT #2 SCHOOLHOUSE: In the 1800s there were 14 one-room district school houses in Woodbury. This is the only one that was not lost to the elements or converted for other uses. This Victorian style schoolhouse was built in 1867 by George Clarke and was known as the “school under the rock,” or the South Central Schoolhouse. In 1897, two years before it closed, there were 32 registered students in grades 1-8. It was given to the Old Woodbury Historical Society in 1977, who restored it and currently maintains it. [Note: the building is not handicapped accessible.]


Call co-Chairs Kris Atwood, 203-313-2639, or Claudette Volage, 203-419-5208, with any questions about the tour or tickets. We look forward to sharing our House Tour with you!