Holiday home tour in Hancock County

The fourth-annual Hancock County Arts Council holiday home tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at eight homes and businesses in Chester, New Cumberland and Weirton.

“We have a wonderful line-up of houses and businesses to visit this year,” said Holiday Tour Chair Diana Durst. “You won’t be disappointed – and there will be a couple of surprises along the way.”

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the Swaney Memorial Library, located at 100 N. Court St., New Cumberland, with a reception hosted by the Women’s Club of New Cumberland, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization.

The self-guided tour includes the following homes and businesses:

McGillian-Werkheiser Home located at 848 Neptune Ave., Chester, built in 1925 for Alfred Mader. The home was eventually bought by William and Lela Werkheiser of Werkheiser Hardware in 1954. It features California self-cleaning brick, original hardwood flooring and restored original fixtures and two vintage pendant lights imported from Italy.

Kitty Candle Co. located at 439 Carolina Ave., Chester, originally the Faulk Brothers warehouse. The building features restored original woodwork and the original Faulk Brothers sign on display. Those on the tour are invited to visit owner Cathy “Kitty” Clovis Averill’s candle workshop and view photographer Jamie Craigo’s collection of Weirton Steel Co. photos.

The Peachtree Inn located at 125 Fox Lane, Chester, which is part of The Orchards at Foxcrest community.

Herron-Pettit Home located at 2263 Veterans Blvd., New Cumberland, built by Margaret and John D. Herron in 1953 and owned by their daughter Tamara Herron Pettit. It features original hardwood flooring and an original brick facade on the working fire place.

Lee Home located at 800 Ridge Road, New Cumberland, built in the Federal style popular from 1780 to 1840. It was the home of the William O. and Bina E. Connell family for nearly 100 years. It features bricks created on the premises, fanlights and a Palladian window.

Bogarad Law Office/Rigas Home located at 3412 West St., Weirton, built for the Dr. George S. Rigas family in the 1930s and incorporating design elements of the South Carolina Colonial Revival-style homes of the period. It includes a portico, three gables and original oak and pine floors and staircases, original bathroom fixtures and original front door. Owner Sharon N. Bogarad has added a black-and-white Italian marble floor on the first-floor foyer and conference room.

Summit Art Gallery located at 3393 Main St., Weirton, curated by the Hancock County Arts Council. Dolores Koper’s mixed-media Santa figurines will be on display.

Koper creates clay figures in the Old German, jolly and primitive styles and trims them with vintage quilts, velvets, fur, wool and buttons.

She also re-purposes old Christmas decorations as part of her figurines and places a piece of West Virginia coal by the feet of each figurine to “give to someone who has no fire in their hearth on Christmas Eve.”

The Weirton Area Museum and Culture Center located at 3149 Main St. The nearly 30-year-old museum displays items reflecting on the history of Weirton Steel Co., Weirton and the surrounding communities, from Holliday’s Fort to the city’s earliest days as an unicorporated steel town to its importance in World War II. Governance, schools and city organizations are covered.

“Come join us for a fun-filled day,” Durst said.

The Hancock County Museum located at 1008 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, also will be open.

The Plaza Restaurant will give $1 off to those showing their holiday tour tickets. The restaurant is located at 615, N. Chester St., New Cumberland.

Proceeds benefit community projects.