Annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek House Tour December 8-9th!

Annual House Tour will be filled with wonderous sights to see – a great start to the 2018 Holiday Season


At 9am Santa will lead children over to Bethany United Methodist Church for photos, stories, games, and refreshments.

At 10am the festivities for grown-ups will start when select homes open their doors to ticketed guests. Decorated by the homeowners and members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, each house will be resplended in festive colors and fresh greenery.  Several homes will highlight their owner’s private collections – including antique Christmas mementoes.

Omega Protein has graciously agreed to lead tours of their newly-restored SMITH BUILDING (an old fish factory next to the stack) during the two-day tour. Folks can drive over to the stack area for a great tour!  A special thank you to ALL of the folks at Omega!

On the Museum’s campus, guests will enjoy tours of the Museum and the Walker House (oldest home in Reedville), shop at the Museum’s gift shop, and watch the “running of the trains” at our Model Shop.  Hit cider and cookies will be available in the Walker House (along with other surprises).

On Friday afternoon (1-5) and Saturday (10-5), across the street from Festival Halle (177 Main Street), the annual Artisans’ Christmas Bazaar will feature LOTS of wonderful hand-crafted items, including festive foods, books, and one-of-a-kind gifts.  Sales will be brisk!  A special thank you to Ernestine Luttrell (Bazaar coordinator) and ALL of her volunteers.  And, a heartfelt thanks to ALL of the vendors!

At Festival Halle, participants can warm themselves with free hot cider and a cookie at our Holiday Cafe, purchase some yummy num nums at the bake sale, and view the beautiful “Tablescapes” created by nine local non-profits.



A beautiful day – thank goodness!  Guests continued to tour the homes, shopped, watched the trains, and ate Christmas cookies,  At 5pm a small but rowdie group of merry-makers met at the Reedville Christmas tree and sang, drank hot chocolate, and watched as Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Haynie threw the switch to light the tree for the 2017 Holiday Season!   A special thanks to Tom and Judd Kelly for lending us their tree again!


This weekend would not have been possible without the oversight and coordination of a large committee – this year co-chaired by Jennifer Bramblet and Maureen Gilmer. Thank you SO very much for your hard work and dedication!

Friday’s first annual “Mistletoe & Mimosas” fashion show & brunch was a huge success (special thanks to Sherri Mesco, owner of Dream’s Fashion Boutique, and Maureen Gilmer, event chair).  This may become an annual event because of its immense popularity!

The Friday evening gala for homeowners, coordinated by Nadine Leisz, was also a success (despite the awful weather).

Staff and volunteers who assisted with these events are to be commended – we have an amazing network of staff, board members, volunteers, museum members, and community residents who work hard to insure that events like Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek are a BIG success!  We couldn’t do it without you!



The Scholtes Home on Pine Drive: Brett and Ann Scholtes, Houston, TX.  Brett, the CEO of Omega Protein, and his wife, Ann, purchased the home in 2014.  Originally built by Warner and Ann Rice in 1955, it was later enlarged in the 1970s. The home boasts spectular views of sunrise and sunset over the Creek.

The Ames’ Home on Sutton Avenue: Sue and Ben Ames, of Wichita KS, purchased this lovely frame Colonial in 2016 and have been working to make it their home ever since.  Ben, an avid fisherman, is in residence ten months of the year; Sue will follow soon. The house was decorated in silver, crystal and white to accentuate the lovely pale blue walls and white built-in cabinetry throughout the main living spaces.

The Ebb Tide B&B on Main Street: Retired Captain Tom Briggs and his wife Donna own this lovely Victorian, and over the last year have made it into a bed and breakfast for veterans.  The home is filled with personal mementos from the couple’s travels. Donna, an accomplished artist, paints, creates one-of-a-kind crafts, and is an amazing gardener.

The Lofland House on Main Street: Cheri Sheridan and her husband bought this lovely Victorian 15 years ago, and for the first time in its 90-year history, raised chidren here. Precious pieces from Cheri’s extensive collection of vintage toys were on view throughout the home – all four floors were open to guests.