A silver anniversary tour

IB/Finnegan

A silver anniversary tour

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/6/2018


ISLIP—The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet hosted its 25th Holiday House Tour on Sunday. The event was attended by nearly 500 people, who visited six homes all decorated for the holidays and historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Susan Hantz West, one of the society’s founding members who joined the house tour committee early on, said finding homes for the tour had been “a labor of love.”

“You can go to 20 or more houses in an afternoon and come away with people either saying ‘no’ or ‘I’ll think about it,’” she said, noting that it could take several months to garner the number of houses needed to conduct a tour.

“After the tour, the homeowners were glad they did the house tour,” she added.

On the most recent tour, the houses highlighted included an English Tudor style, late-19th and early-20th-century homes as well as more recent construction. Docents in period dress greeted guests and after the tour at the church, a reception with live music and raffles provided additional entertainment.

“Those who come to the house tour have told me that we’re one of the better tours,” added Hantz West.