43rd House Tour, Boutique & Cafe

The 43rd West Falmouth Library House Tour, Boutique and Cafe takes place on Sunday, September 29th, 11am-4pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event. Ticketholders will visit 6 lovely and unique properties in West Falmouth and the surrounding areas. Tickets are on sale now, available at the Library, Eight Cousins, Uncle Bill’s Country Store, Village Trading Company, West Falmouth Market, and Woods Hole Market. Your ticket to the 43rd Annual House Tour provides admission to the Boutique at the Library. Enjoy light refreshments at the cafe for a small donation. Place bids on silent auction items. Shop for handmade gifts and decorations. Homes and Descriptions: 502 West Falmouth Highway, Kathleen and David Bryson – The original house was built in 1795 and, over the years, had several additions added on. For many years, the house and the cottage behind it (known as “The Barn”) were owned by the Gifford family. Kathy and David Bryson—who had rented the Barn and spent Augusts here with their four children starting in 1981—acquired the property, and completed a full renovation of the house in 2018. The initial footprint of the house was expanded over the years. As part of the renovation in 2018, the central area was opened up to allow the kitchen and living room to become one open space. While the house is totally updated at this stage, numerous details were preserved as part of the renovation. There are three bedrooms, a new bath and a laundry room on the second floor. The house is used primarily as a summer rental. The Barn, 502 West Falmouth Highway, Kathleen and David Bryson – The Barn was constructed by the Gifford family circa 1908 and was originally intended for horses, but along came automobiles. The interior of the Barn has been preserved, mostly untouched. During the summer, the three french doors facing South towards the large back yard, a stone wall and Oyster Pond, may be completely opened and moved to the side, which allows the breezes flowing off the pond to keep the Barn cool. The Barn has a small “galley” kitchen and a large combo living and dining area with a lovely mahogany dining table. The Barn has one first floor bedroom and two small bedrooms up the “steep” stairs with the rope handrail. The Barn has beautiful views of Oyster Pond and provides easy access to the Bike Path and the beach. The Barn is used for overflow guests and also as a rental for those who enjoy a rugged experience! The Heald Center, 17 Chase Road, Falmouth, Compassionate Care ALS – Built in 1863, the property was known as the James Gifford House. It was the Beach Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast as well as several incarnations of B&B’s over the years. It is included in the National Register of Historic Places. CCALS purchased the property in 2014. Renovations include three wheelchair accessible suites and an additional seven bedrooms. A special interior feature of the property is a 1900s French carved and gilded oval mirror gifted to us by William Young, dear friend and colleague of Joe Twichell who passed away from ALS. The gardens at the The Heald Center are a stroll garden experience that meanders through a myriad of outdoor wonders -past a crystal garden, a collection of Japanese maples, along a 40’ river and koi pond, a wisteria arbor surrounded by dozens of blueberry bushes and other native plants.The blazing tupelo grove foliage overlooks a sweeping vista with a New England stone wall and the wild beyond. 9 Hawks Way, Barbara and John Weyand – This colonial-style home, built in 1982, was the first home in Hawks Hill Association. The current owners renovated extensively in 2018, from re-shingling and new windows to several amenities inside. The interior blends a contemporary open-floor plan with traditional architectural elements and décor. This year they have begun extensive work on the grounds, as part of their vision for this home. 95 Bay Road, North Falmouth, The Buckley-Clarksons – The original house, built in the 1970’s, is a custom designed Post and Bean Cedar Home by Lindal, situated on North Falmouth’s Cedar Lake. The lake is known for its beautiful swans, herring run, and large mouth bass fishing, and is surrounded by cedar trees. The property has an extensive collection of pink granite blocks from the foundation of the original Falmouth Town Hall. Standing over 40 feet tall in the midst of a circular drive is one of Falmouth’s most majestic Weeping European Beech trees. An addition was added to the house in 2008 to maximize the views of the lake with walls of glass and windows. 70 Downer Road, North Falmouth, Virginia Johnson – Encouraged by numerous family members, Virginia bought the property in 2014. She chose David Sigl of DHS Designs in Chester, Vermont, as the architect. Virginia was firm in her desire that this Cape home fit comfortably with the grey-shingled houses on Nye’s Neck. For the interior, however, she envisioned an open plan. M. Duffany Builders of Falmouth handled the construction. The gardens were created by Theresa Sprague of Blue Flax Design. Theresa’s goal was to use native plants that would attract bees, butterflies, and birds. Her design is evident in the cottage garden outside the kitchen window. Inside you will find furnishings both old and new. The 18th Century desk in the living area sports a patch on its left side where a cannonball pierced the wood during one of the four Civil War battles that raged near Virginia’s Grandparents’ home on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The island is new. Its boat-shaped top of old-growth pine was constructed and carried to the site by a strong crew from Cataumet Sawmill on Thomas Landers Road in Falmouth.
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West Falmouth Library
575 West Falmouth Highway
West Falmouth , MA
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Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
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