Stratfield Village opening homes for holiday tours
FAIRFIELD — When Liz Kohm found receipts in her attic dating back to the 1800s and a 1918 newspaper in her basement, she decided to research more about the history of her Stratfield house.
“My house was built in 1909,” Kohm, a Stratfield Village Association board member, said. “The receipts in the attic and the newspaper led me to the Fairfield Historical Museum and then the Stratfield Historical Center where I saw more about the entire historical inventory on houses in the village area.”
From the documents and inventories she researched, Kohm was able to find out more about the history of the houses in the area.
Throughout the years, her work along with others at the Stratfield Village Association, came to fruition with the first holiday house tour.
“This is the first year that we’re running the Stratfield Village Holiday House Tour, and we’re hoping it becomes an annual event,” Meghan Ward, who is co-chairing the tour with Kohm, said.
The tour takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets cost $40. According to the Stratfield Village Association website, “houses on the tour will remain a secret until tickets are picked up on Dec. 8.”
“When you buy a ticket (you) will receive a receipt which you will bring to the American Legion building at Owen Fish Park on Dec. 8 where you will receive your tour booklet which will include a list of the houses and a map for you to follow,” the website reads.
The tour is aimed to help residents and interested parties learn more about homes in the Stratfield area, particularly their aesthetics and history.
“Some of these houses have a historic charm and are older homes,” Ward said. “Some date back to the early 1900s and others maybe to the late 1800s. Homeowners have really taken care of them and preserved the character of these houses.”
Proceeds from the tour will help support community-building efforts, including beautification, activities and historical preservation.
“I realized that it would be a great way to get to know your neighbor and for us to talk about what we know about our houses,” Kohm said. “These are beautiful houses and people take pride in them.”
As for ongoing research, Kohm said she’s still scouring databases and historical archives for more information.
“I’m still researching more about my house, it’s led me down so many different paths and I’m not done,” Kohm assured.
If you go
For more information on the Holiday House Tour, visit: https://stratfieldvillageassociation.org/svahht/
Tickets can be purchased here: https://stratfieldvillageassociation.org/donations/sva-house-tour/