Crestwood Holiday Home Tour
Civic Club presents its annual
Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon
Jennings’ Pewee Valley home
to show traditional Christmas
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2014) – Decorating for the holidays is a process for Pam Temple Jennings. It’s something her entire family can get into as they share in the fun of the holiday spirit.
Jennings said she has always liked decorating for the holidays. “I tend to go overboard for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said.
Mahan Manor, located on the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, was originally built in 1805 by the Edward family as a two-story log cabin. It was given to newlyweds Virginia Creasey and Howard Mahan in 1921 as a wedding gift.
She has a special collection of nutcrackers. “It’s something we just kind of started.” She purchased some nutcrackers on a trip to Germany, and “we just started adding to it.”
She also began collecting Santa’s many years ago and now has 30 to 40 she displays during the holiday season in her Pewee Valley, Ky., home. Her holiday decorating is in keeping with the traditional look of her 4,500-square-foot home.
Jennings’s home will be part of this year’s Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon, sponsored by the Crestwood Civic Club on Saturday, Nov. 22. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with two lunch seating times at 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. at the Crestwood Civic Clubhouse, 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood, Ky.
A total of three distinctive homes will be featured on this annual tour in addition to Jennings’ home. The historic Hermitage Farm Main House in Goshen will be included on this year’s tour.
Jennings’ home is decorated with a combination of traditional and family antiques, including a mahogany dining room table and buffet dating to the early 1900s. “My style is pretty traditional,” she said. “I have three big trees and Santa’s in every room.”
Jennings has a nine-foot Christmas tree in the Grand Room on which she displays antique family ornaments, and it is decorated in a burgundy and gold color scheme. She has a seven-foot tree in her home’s entryway adorned with a collection of Lenox snowflakes and silver bells.
A seven-foot tree graces the basement entertainment room, and a boy’s themed tree sits in the second floor bonus room. This tree is decorated with car, trucks and airplanes, all the things that boys love.
Pam Temple Jennings will feature her collection of nutcrackers at her home during the upcoming tour.
Jennings likes to “add new things each year” to her holiday décor. She hangs stockings by the fireplace and lighted garland and big bows grace her upper balcony. The lighted greenery makes everything “look festive at night,” she said.
Hermitage Farm, meanwhile, was purchased as part of a Virginia land grant by Capt. John Henshaw in the early 1800s. The land was gifted to his son, Phillip Telfair Henshaw, who began construction on the main house at Hermitage in 1832. It was modeled after the family home in Virginia.
During construction of the main house, Phillip fell ill and died. His wife, Sarah Ann Scott Henshaw, was left a widow with three small children. She completed construction of their home in 1835. The home remained in the family until 1936 when it was sold to Warner and Harriet Jones.
Under their leadership, Hermitage became one of the most famous thoroughbred farms in the nation. In 1994, Carl Pollard became the principal owner of Hermitage, followed by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson in 2010. Brown and Wilson are continuing Hermitage’s rich history of the equine industry.
The third home on the tour is Mahan Manor, located on the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. Originally built in 1805 by the Edward family as a two-story log cabin, it was given to newlyweds Virginia Creasey and Howard Mahan in 1921 as a wedding gift.
The Mahans updated the home, giving it their own person touch. They transformed the surrounding 200 acres into a wildlife sanctuary. Having no children to leave their possessions to, the Mahans decided in the 1970s to leave their home and property to the community.
Last year, the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve served 35,000 visitors, who enjoyed the natural surroundings, walking trails and public programs offered on this historic farmland.
• For more information or to make reservations, contact Anne Murner at (502) 292-2701. Ticket prices are $20 for the hour and lunch or $17 for the tour only.
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