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The Marshall Historical Society’s 38th Annual Candlelight Walk Returns December 9th & 10th

The Marshall Historical Society’s 38th annual Candlelight Walk will be on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10. The Candlelight Walk features guided tours of five historic homes decorated for Christmas.

Lyne Wirtz, event chair, said, “Going on the Candlelight Walk along with enjoying Marshall’s downtown decorations leaves you with a warm holiday feeling like being in a cozy blanket.”

Tours are at 4:30 and 6:45 p.m. both days. Each tour begins with a reception at the First Baptist Church, 305 W. Michigan Ave. Participants are urged to arrive 20-30 minutes before the scheduled tour times to enjoy the receptions. 

Wirtz emphasized that this is a walking tour and that participants should wear comfortable shoes. Each tour group will have approximately 25 persons and make an escorted circuit of the five Candlelight Walk homes.

Wirtz said she is very pleased with this year’s tour route that has homes between Mansion and Hanover streets. They include Marshall’s Octagon house owned by Deb and George Whelan, 218 S. Eagle St. Also on tour are the homes of Joan and Dan Saber, 216 W. Mansion St.; Linda and Dean Nielson, 323 W. Hanover St.; Nancy and Mike Wojick, 130 W. Hanover St.; and sisters Sue Wallace and Cindy Biggs in the Crary Apartments on the Fountain Circle. The homeowners and family members will greet the visitors when they arrive at the homes.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Marshall Historical Society’s website at marshallhistoricalsociety.org or by calling (269) 781-8544. Ticket purchasers are asked to select their preferred tour times. Ticket sales are limited to 125 per tour. The early Saturday tour is already sold out.

Candlelight Walk ticketholders will have admission to the Honolulu House Museum, 107 N. Kalamazoo Ave., that also will have holiday decorations. Museum hours will be extended to noon to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10.

Tour proceeds are used to maintain the society’s three museums and to support community efforts to preserve, protect and promote Marshall’s historic heritage.