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 House 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.
Christmas Tours This year’s theme is “Trains and Trees” and 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 11and go through November 21, giving visitors a chance to view all the Christmas decorations. Fully guided tours begin on November 18 and take place through December 22. Volunteers will be in each room to relay information about the home and the Reeves family as guests stroll through the rooms.
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 7 through Saturday, December 14. The gingerbread house display is free but there will be a donation box for the Dover Vocal Music Program. The competing gingerbread houses can be entered in seven different categories.
Special Note: Tours of the mansion will also be available during the time of the gingerbread display for $8 for adults and $3 for students.
The J.E. Reeves House will also be hosting a Choir Concert on the evening of December 7. Ensemble groups of the Dover choirs will be performing. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.
Christmas tours are offered daily from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. through December 22. The J.E. Reeves House 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 (5-17).
For more information about the Christmas Tours or about the J.E. Reeves House in general, call 800-815-2794 or get online at www.doverhistory.org
The J.E. Reeves Victorian House & Carriage Museum is located at 325 East Iron Rd. in Dover, Ohio. Dover is 81 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 1.5 hour drive.