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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 10 months ago

Historical Society to virtually hold 14th-annual Holiday Tour of Homes

One of the homes in this year's tour was built in 1894.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

This year's 14th-annual Holiday Tour of Homes by the Ormond Beach Historical Society will have a little bit of everything — old, new, modern and traditional.

And, like many events this year, it will be held virtually due to the pandemic. 

The one-hour video tour will be available starting Dec. 5 until Dec. 31. Tickets, which cost $15, can be purchased from the Ormond Beach Historical Society website, and instructions on how to view the video will be provided afterward. This is the Historical society's primary fundraiser, and the tour's Chair Joyce Benedict said they are excited for the community to see the six featured houses from the comfort of their own homes.

Additionally, the video tour will showcase the decorated homes at night, something that has never been done since the tours began.

“You would never, ever see these in the evenings inside," Benedict said. "I think we’re in for a real treat."

One of the homes in this year's tour has never been made available to the public: Plantation Number Nine, a house built in 1894 by Chauncey Bacon on John Anderson Drive. The property originally spanned 172 acres as Bacon farmed various fruits. It earned its name because it was the ninth place Bacon looked to build his estate.

“Nobody has ever seen the inside of this house," Benedict said. "Nobody."

The video tour is an experiment, Benedict said, but they're hopeful it will be a success as it helps to fund their efforts in taking care of the Anderson-Price Memorial Building as well as the MacDonald House, which they've been working with the city to restore. In addition, the Historical Society recently inherited another piece of history — the Nathan Cobb Cottage on Orchard Lane.

View a trailer of the tour by visiting



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