2017 Holiday House Tour

Historic Staunton Foundation is pleased to announce its 45th annual Holiday House Tour of the historic Oakenwold neighborhood!

The Oakenwold neighborhood was created from the subdivision of large properties surrounding the Oakenwold estate. This estate, originially owned by William Fraser, was situated on the southern slope of a large ridge. Grays Map of 1877 provides documentation noting additional estates bordering Staunton’s north end. To the west was Selma estate, and to the east was Sunnyside estate, owned by Mrs. William H. Tams. To the north was the Bagby property which, along with neighboring houses, became what we know today as Bagby Street.

Staunton annexed the Oakenwold estate in 1860. Two houses along Oakenwold Street were constructed in the 1880’s about 20 years after the 1860 annexation. No further development of Oakenwold or High Streets appears to have occurred until 1904-1909, which coincides with the 1905 annexation of Williams Street, situated north of Oakenwold Street. As an early indication of an organized neighborhood, the Staunton Spectator reported on Friday, September 23, 1910 a meeting of the Board of Aldermen where the citizens of West Williams Street requested a “granolithic sidewalk.”

In 1916, the architecture firm of T.J. Collins and Son designed the neoclassical Staunton Grammar School, now Staunton’s Public Library. Then in the 1920’s another wave of construction filled in lots created out of the old Oakenwald estate. The resulting homes reflect eclectic architecture of the period including American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, Prairie, Bungalow, Bungaloid, and Spanish Revival styles. During this period, the Collins firm designed four homes in the neighborhood: 20 Frazier – Spanish Revival (open for Tour); 827 High Street – Bungaloid; 804 High Street – Prairie; and 19 Virginia Avenue – Bungalow.

A final phase of construction reflects Staunton’s growth after World War II with architecture following Colonial Revival trends. Forty-one years after the war, twelve lots and associated homes were built along Williams Street. These mid-century houses followed the local precedent for variations of Colonial Revival architecture. Most are gable roofed, one and half and two story homes with end chimneys, divided light windows, and classically ornamented eaves.


802 N Augusta Street

10 Bagby Street

20 Frazier Street

101 Oakenwold Street

16 Williams Street

265 Williams Street

DATES:  Saturday, December 9 from 5-8pm and Sunday, December 10 from 1-5pm.

TICKETS:  Available for $30 during tour hours at the 802 North Augusta Street tour location (Salon Flo).

 2017 Holiday House Tour Brochure



Photo property of Mary Baldwin University

Historic Staunton Foundation members are invited to attend the Holiday House Tour Party on December 9th from 6-9:30pm. This year’s party will be hosted by Pamela Fox and Dan Layman at the President’s House of Mary Baldwin University.

TICKETS:  Tickets are $75 and can be reserved or purchased through the HSF office. Please contact either Frank or Carolyn at 540-885-7676  or [email protected]  You must be a current donor in order to purchase tickets, so please make sure your annual giving is up-to-date!

Historic Staunton Foundation’s Annual Holiday House Tour is renowned as one of Staunton’s most eagerly awaited and well-attended events of the holiday season, attracting hundreds of visitors from the area and beyond. The Holiday House Tour provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about historic architecture, and gives many a rare glimpse inside beautifully restored historic homes in one of Staunton’s successfully revitalized historic neighborhoods.