In December, you can take a trip through four centuries of McLean's history.
Tickets are now on sale for the McLean Woman's Club annual Holiday Homes Tour at stores in McLean, Great Falls and Vienna. Now in its 47th year, this event raises thousands of dollars for local and regional charities.
"People love to see how other people live," said Laura Sheridan, with the club. "They love to see people's decor and what they've done with their house, the interior construction. Also, at least three of these houses have historical connections."
Last year, the Holiday Homes Tour raised about $20,000, she said.
This year's tour features four homes, each built in a different century — a 1754 stone house, an 1842 public meeting house, a 1952 Colonial-style home and a 2010 custom-designed home.
The older homes have been restored in a way that maintains their historical character, according to a news release.
Attendees can walk or drive to the various homes or take a shuttle that will be based at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5.
During that time, the club will host a free MarketPlace at Trinity featuring 15 vendors from local businesses, along with crafts, collectables and baked goods, lunch and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $25 beforehand or $30 on the day of the tour. They will be available at the MarketPlace, or can be found in advance at Mesmeralda's Gifts, 1339 Chain Bridge Road; Karin's Florist, 527 Maple Ave. E. in Vienna; and Great Dogs of Great Falls at 9859 Georgetown Pike.
The event typically draws more than 1,000 people, mostly from around Northern Virginia. Proceeds go to local and regional charities and nonprofits and are also used for scholarships, according to the news release.
The honorary host for the tour and the MarketPlace is retired Rear Adm. Kathleen Martin, the director of the Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing program at Vinson Hall.
For more information, call 703-556-0197 or visit www.mcleanwc.org.