Holiday Home Tour concentrates on Genoa this year |

Holiday Home Tour concentrates on Genoa this year

Staff reports

The special anniversary edition of the Holiday Home Tour, co-sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Carson valley and the Greater Genoa Business Association, centers in and around historic Genoa this year.

“A live Santa will greet visitors to Horsefeathers Unlimited, and each home will be decorated to celebrate the season. Many will have information on the history of the home,” says Didi Chaney of the Soroptimist club.

The event is Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., and the Genoa Town Hall will be open the entire time with lunch offerings and mulled cider, hot chocolate, sweets and tea sandwiches and

a holiday boutique offering Christmas gifts.

– Built in 1855, the D’Ascoll Ranch was known as the James Canyon Ranch Homestead. “Black Jack” Bouvier owned this home and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis often vacationed here as a child. Another of the many owners of this home was Harvey Gross of Harveys Hotel and Casino at Lake Tahoe. The house is replete with Dr. D’Ascoll’s hunting conquests and presents a true Northern Nevada atmosphere.

– The home of Zoe Dingman, one of the founders of Genoa Lakes, has a lot of whimsical beauty and clever decoration. Dingman’s character is exemplified in the color and originality of her home. Tour participants should note especially her Santa collection and various flowers and greenery.

– The Dondero Ranch is named after the two brothers, Joseph and John, who built it in 1863. The brothers lent money to locals and became known as “bankers.” In 1974, the 22-acre ranch began to be parceled out, and the current renovated residence was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. David Cochran in 1999.

– Holiday decorations adorn the 20-year-old Victorian replica owned by the Turnipseeds, who have made it their home for eight years.

– Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Martin live on the oldest street in Genoa. Their home is known as the Blossom-Young home, built in 1874 by Noah Blossom and subsequently acquired by Dr. Young in 1890. In 1920, C.C. Meneley purchased the home, and in 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Humphreys restored the home. Finally, in 1997, the Martins restored it to the turn-of-the-century Victorian home. Mr. Martin will give talks to visitors about the home.

– Christine Eckhout and her daughter Carrie Richardson operate their business, Horsefeathers Unlimited, in the Snowshoe Thompson Bed and Breakfast building owned by Patrick Caldwell. Judge David Gamble originally built this home in 1985 for his family.

– Four generations of the Falcke family have made the Orchard House their home. Randy Falcke’s great-grandfather, Guiseppe Giradelli, was born there in 1870, as was his grandmother in 1883.

– Located in the center of Genoa, the Town Hall was built in 1886 and was originally known as the Raycraft Dance Hall. It has double-bind oak floors and pine and redwood wainscoting.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and this year there will be diamond and gold earrings among the many other raffle prizes.

Tickets are $15 each and available from Winans Furniture, Nevada State Bank, Carson Valley Market, Wild Rose Inn, Douglas Disposal (782-5713), Valley JobLine (782-8220), any Soroptimist or Greater Genoa Business Association member and at the town hall Sunday.