The 2016 Holiday House tour of the historic Burroughs and Langford Kingston Homes located at 2500 First Street in downtown Ft. Myers will begin December 8 at 5:00 pm with a VIP and Media Open House party and then will open to the public Friday, December 9 and run nightly through December 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The annual, festive tradition is a magical, beautiful gift back to the community from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club to celebrate the homes’ heritage and ignite a holiday spirit in the community. Admission is $5 for adults, with military veterans and children under 10 free.
The theme this year is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” and will feature thousands of lights both inside and outside of the homes, as each room in the historic homes is creatively decorated with holiday flare. Children will also enjoy a visit and a gift from Santa Claus in the upstairs room of the Langford-Kingston Home. Cookies, drinks and holiday music will also be part of the fun.
More than 200 women from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club will begin decorating the homes beginning Friday, December 2nd. The three-day decorating event draws in members from all over the community, including volunteer families and children as they help turn the homes into a beautiful holiday event for all to enjoy.
History of the Homes:
Wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline purchased the Burroughs Home in 1918 www.burroughshome.com/. The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot, turn-of-the-century, Georgian Colonial Revival mansion was originally built in 1901 by John T. Murphy, a cattleman from Montana. It sits on 2.45 acres overlooking the Caloosahatchee River and features stained glass windows, a widow’s walk, a sweeping veranda, and a winding, grand staircase. It soon became one of the jewels of “millionaire’s row” at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.
Directly across the street at 2500 First Street is the historic Langford-Kingston home www.thelangfordkingstonhome.com/ that was built in 1919 by Walter Langford in the Chicago Bungalow style architecture. The 5,232 square foot, red brick home features a large front porch with massive supports, front stoop, and grand entrance staircase. Langford died a year later and the home was sold to George Kingston, who invented the Kingston carburetor.