A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went on a Yuletide Tour of Historic Homes in our neighboring town, historic Salem, New Jersey. We loved seeing these beautiful old homes all decorated for Christmas. It really inspired me to step up my game in the decorating department! Our county is rich in history, which you will with the following photos and descriptions. Make sure to read down to the bottom for my description of the famous Salem Oak, a tree which has been standing since at least 1675.
There was a Revolutionary War encampment set up. They set off the cannons frequently- all of the poor dogs in the neighborhood were absolutely terrified! But the smell of the wood fire and gun powder in the crisp cold air really put you in a “historical mood.” Oh, how cold and lonely and hungry those soldiers must have been!
The main street leading into the town features colonial homes, built mostly in the 1700’s and early 1800’s. These are my favorite. A few blocks away on the side streets, Victorian homes dot the blocks. (Makes sense, right? Older/original street = older Colonial homes. Side streets = later Victorian homes.)
Here is the interior of one of the Colonial homes:
Here is a different house- I actually think this was my favorite home on the tour:
This tiny Saltbox style house was originally a twin home (divided into 2 houses- note the chimney in the middle which both homes would have shared.) This home would have been the servant’s quarters for the large home across the street.
The exteriors of the homes were really beautiful too:
A few more historical landmarks in the town of Salem, NJ:
I hope you have enjoyed going on this tour with me. I will be pinning a lot of these photos onto my Pinterest boards: Architecture, Spaces I Dream About, and Christmas. Seeing these homes has really inspired some decorating ideas for me- How about you?