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40th Annual Holiday House Tour Held in Downtown Staunton

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The 40th annual Holiday House Tour took more than 500 visitors on a behind-the-scenes experience of downtown Staunton's most decorated residences Sunday.  There were 10 different locations for people to explore - lofts, condos and even storefront hotels.

Sunday's tour wasn't just about the holiday decorations inside the homes; it was about exploring the history of the homes.

Some of downtown Staunton's most beautiful homes were on public display Sunday.  Historic Staunton Foundation Executive Director Frank Strassler said, "You will see everything from very contemporary modern architecture to well-preserved historic 19th century architecture and the earlier."

It all starts at the elevator in the lobby of the old Staunton YMCA, which is now full of condos.  Former city vice mayor Dave Metz opened up the doors of his home for the holiday tour.  He says many visitors are curious how people live in such a unique environment

"We have people that we see all the time, and so you have kind of a small community of people," Metz said.

Metz's home was just one stop on a tour that's supposed to encompass living in downtown Staunton.  Some people on the tour simply enjoyed browsing the homes, while others checked out the real estate for sale.

The proceeds from Sunday's event will support the Historic Staunton Foundation.  Strassler says the goal is for people to see how you can reuse historic architecture and keep it beautiful for the future.

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