Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours

Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans collection is pleased to once again offer the Holiday Home Tour of the Williams Residence.

The two-story brick townhouse, built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, was owned by THNOC’s founders General L. Kemper and Leila Williams. Filled with antiques and other objects d’art collected by the couple in their wide travels, the house was occupied by Williamses from 1946 through 1963.

From December 5 through January 4, visitors to the residence will explore how the Williamses celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, including parties on their farm in Patterson, Louisiana and Sugar Bowl celebrations on New Year’s Day.  In keeping with the Williams’ tradition of fresh greenery, the residence will feature a beautifully decorated tree with vintage ornaments and large boughs of fresh foliage, as well as photos of their holiday parties.

In addition, tour guides will relate stories of New Orleans holiday traditions and some of their personal favorites.

Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours
December 5, 2014–January 4, 2015
Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday and at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., Sunday.
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

No tours will be offered while THNOC is closed December 24–25 and December 31–January 1.

Above: Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews under the Christmas tree; December 24, 1957; The Historic New Orleans Collection

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