Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again offer Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours 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 art collected by the couple in their wide travels, the house was occupied by the Williamses from 1946 through 1964.
From December 4 through 30, visitors to the residence will learn about the couple’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, including parties on their farm in Patterson, Louisiana, and Sugar Bowl celebrations in New Orleans. In keeping with the Williamses’ 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.
The docent-led tours will be available Friday, December 4–Wednesday, December 30, and each tour lasts approximately one hour. 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 or free for THNOC members. No tours will be offered while THNOC is closed December 24–25.
Above: Leila Williams and two of her grand-nephews under the Christmas tree; December 24, 1957; The Historic New Orleans Collection