Victorian tour offers a glimpse back in time |

Victorian tour offers a glimpse back in time

Laurie Hickey

Everyone is cordially invited to step back in time to another era at the Dake/Hawkins house in Genoa on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This historic home is getting all dressed up for the holidays by local decorators, antique dealers, and others. The Dake/Hawkins house will be open for touring and holiday shopping for three weekends prior to Christmas – Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14.

Admission is $3, or $2 if you take a can of food for the Food Closet. Proceeds from the open house will be used to purchase one of the new state movie plaques that are now available for movie locations. Scenes from the movie “Charley Varrick” were filmed at the house. If any funds are left over, they will be used to help fund the Renaissance Faire.

On Friday, Nov. 28, a champagne reception will be held for the press, local dignitaries and special guests to kick off the holiday open house. Another reception will be held for anyone who wishes to attend on Friday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

This historic Genoa home was built in the early 1870s and has been the home for many notable residents. Theodore Perry Hawkins, Pony Express relief rider from Genoa, and his large family lived in this home for a number of years. The Hawkins family were very early settlers in the area. Steven Kinsey, who chose the site for the town of Genoa, was his uncle. Clara Hawkins, Theodore’s wife, was well-known for her wonderful cooking, and Sunday dinners were always well attended by family and friends. Some of our older area residents have fond memories of going to Sunday dinner at the Hawkins’ house when they were children.

Dave Reil, local teacher and owner of Cherry Hill Antiques, is creating a beautiful Eastlake Victorian parlor. Dave’s Victorian antiques are some of the finest, and he has a reputation as one of the best upholsterers of Victorian-era furniture. David is also doing Victorian draperies for two of the rooms. Those in the front parlor are copies from the draperies at Bowers Mansion. The other rooms will be filled with antique glassware, dolls, books, antique clothing and furniture.

Belinda Grant, local photographer, will be available for individual or family photos for a fee of $10 for 5×7 color and $20 for 8×10 on Saturday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tour the house, do some holiday shopping and enjoy a cup of hot cider, tea and other refreshments in one of the many beautifully decorated rooms. Have a family photo taken in the parlor.

If you are from out of town, plan on spending the whole weekend of Dec. 5 through 7. All of Carson Valley will be in the holiday spirit for that weekend.

Friday, Dec. 5, the town of Minden will have its annual “Light the Lights” event in Minden Park at 6:30 p.m., with music, refreshments and photos with Santa. For more information, contact Roxanne at 782-2444.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, the town of Genoa will hold their annual “Genoa Christmas Fair.” Contact Ann at 782-8696. The Dake/Hawkins house will also be open in Genoa. Call 782-2893 or 782-4951.

Douglas High will hold its annual Holiday Crafts Fair at Douglas High School on Dec. 6.

Saturday night the second annual “Parade of Lights” will be held from Gardnerville to Minden beginning at 5 p.m. Contact Leesa Hansen at 782-5121.

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m., the Carson Valley Historical Society will have “The Gallery of Trees” Open House at the Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Contact Terri Hickey at 782-2164.

The Carson Valley has several B&Bs and motels and many fine restaurants, so plan to come for the whole weekend for a real old-fashioned Christmas.