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For Port Jeff Chamber, Lanternlight House Tour Worth the Effort

Almost 350 participants in the tour of historic homes in the village.

It was a lot of work but according to Barbara Ransome, director of operations for the , the lanternlight historic house tour was worth the effort.

On Saturday during the Dickens Festival owners of historic houses in the village invited people to see their homes all decked out for the holidays. Residents spoke about the background and history of each of their homes, most of them on the A register of historic homes assembled by the Port Jefferson Historical Society.

"The Tour went very well," said Ransome. "Perfect weather."

Ransome said she spoke with all of the private homeowners that were part of the tour and they told her that it was a lot of work but "they were all very pleased with the attendees' positive responses and compliments to their homes."

Cindy Tischer at 201 Oakes Street said she accomplished her mission of recruiting people to join the . She also gave away copies of a book that the society published on historic homes in the village.

Along with the usual tour, there were special features this year including a wine tasting by .

"Their hot spiced mulled wine was excellent," Ransome said.

Also on the tour was a stop to listen to jazz music at and a visit to the , decorated .

Ransome also said that village code was helpful in logistics, having officers stationed along the route to help out.

"All in all I am pleased," she said. "It was an excellent fundraiser for the chamber."

Click through our gallery of photos taken on this year's lamplight historic house tour.

Get Off My Lawn December 06, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Nice job to all. You make us proud to be Port Jeffersonians.

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