40th Annual Historic Easton House Tour Returns To Offer Exclusive Peek Into Nine Unique Spaces

Those passionate about architecture, local history, interior design, original art and fascinating stories will find all in abundance across nine unique and notable Easton properties at the 40th
annual Easton House Tour (eastonhousetour.com).

Returning after a three-year pandemic hiatus, the event on Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., boasts six private homes and three public historic properties in the Easton area. The Historic Easton Cemetery, the Parsons-Taylor House and the Feather House on Lafayette campus are on this year’s tour. The cemetery will have its chapel open exclusively for tour-goers with a Victorian hair art
exhibit and live music and will be providing guided tours. A Victorian-era horse-drawn antique hearse will also be on display. The Parsons-Taylor House was the first stone house to be built in Easton, constructed in 1757 by William Parsons. George Taylor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived in the home until his death in 1781. The Feather House was built in 1880 as a private residence. The grand mansion was sold to Lafayette College in 1959.

Although the full list of locations is usually kept under wraps until the day of the tour, when participants can find the addresses of the properties in their tour booklets, we can disclose that “Ravenwood”, home of Earl Ball and the late Tim Hare, will be featured on this year’s tour. If you are familiar with Easton, you are most likely familiar with this mysterious and unique house, full of amazing collections and artwork! And perhaps Earl will serenade you on one of his many accordions!

Tickets are currently on sale and can be pre-purchased for $30 each/$35 on the day of the tour. Tour booklets can be picked up/purchased on May 6, the day of the tour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Nevin Park on East Lafayette Street on College Hill. Visit eastonhousetour.com/tickets for more information on ticket purchases.

The tour is held rain or shine. Funds raised through the tour support the Easton Main Street Initiative (a subsidiary of Greater Easton Development Partnership) and historic preservation projects around the city. More information on this year’s tour, as well as ways to get involved, can be found at EastonHouseTour.com.