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SALADO — A chance to stroll through the history of Salado returns Dec. 6-8 during the annual Tour of Historic Homes and Sites hosted by the Salado Historical Society.

The tour of 10 homes and sites spans more than 150 years of local history and reportedly provides intimate access to sites recognized by the Texas Historical Commission and National Registry of Historical Place. The majority of sites are along Main Street, which will be decorated for the first week of the Salado Christmas Stroll.

The three-day event will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to stroll through the rooms of historic homes, which are otherwise privately owned and open exclusively for the tour, said Bill Kinnison, vice president of the Salado Historical Society.

Guests will be greeted by historical interpreters, or quasi-re-enactors dressed in costume narrating the life and origins of the site in first person.

“It will be as though they were the individual who either lived there, worked there or had some association with that location,” said Kinnison, who will represent James Anderson, an early investor in Salado College, and whose mid-19th century Anderson House is included on the tour.

The newly opened Historic Salado College Park, Central Texas Area Museum and Salado Historical Society Museum, Grace Jones Shop and First State Bank, Baines House, Armstrong-Adams House, Norwood House, Vickrey House, Boles-Aiken and Denman Log Cabins and St. Joseph’s Church also are included on the tour.

Historic Salado College Park will be featured from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. All other sites will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Salado Visitors Center, 831 N. Main St., or at Charlotte’s of Salado, Sofi’s, Fletcher’s Books, Taylors and McCain’s Bakery along Main Street.

Tickets also may be purchased by emailing tourism@saladoevents.com.

All proceeds benefit the Salado Historical Society.

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