Sat, 12/07/2019 - 4:00pm to Sun, 12/08/2019 - 5:00pm

The tour includes 5 private homes, indicated as follows:  Larry and Peggy Smith, 2704 South 150 West; Gary and Sandy Ashby, 1421 Indiana Avenue; Carol Kimball (the former Pine Lake Grange Hall), 3066 N. US Hwy 35; the home of the late Rolland Hare, 302 C Street; and Dennis and Marianna Zeedyk, 2010 Michigan Avenue.  Also included on the tour will be Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Avenue; and the George W. Allen designed Puerta de Salvacion, 1008 Michigan Avenue.  

All 7 sites will be open for self-guided touring, and will be decorated for the holiday season.  Also included in one ticketed price will be a horse-drawn carriage ride through La Porte’s historic district, live musical entertainment at all locations, and refreshments at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Advance tickets, $20 each, are available from now through December 6th ONLY, in La Porte at Arbor Hill Inn, Coachman Antique Mall, CO-OP Shoppes, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, Plain & Fancy Antiques, Thaddeus C. Gallery, and Town & Country Florist; in New Carlisle at The Village Shoppes; in New Buffalo at The Villager; in Valparaiso at South Bend Chocolate Company; and in Chesterton at Red Cup Cafe & Deli.  

Order advance tickets by mail, send your check for $20 per person, postmarked by December 2nd, payable to:  People Engaged in Preservation, P.O. Box 853, La Porte, IN  46352.  At-the-door tickets, $25 each, will be available at Trinity Lutheran Church, during the actual tour hours ONLY.  For more information, contact Pam Ruminski at (219) 363-2094, Tim Stabosz at (219) 363-7485, or email

     Pam Ruminski, chairperson of the Candlelight Tour, stated, “We are excited to announce the fine selection of historic homes and structures on this year’s tour.  As always, our members, volunteers, decorators, and homeowners are committed to putting on another magical event for everyone.  PEP has been conducting the Candlelight Tour for 23 years now, dating back nearly to the organization’s founding.  The tour is both a gathering together of the members of our community, as well as a rolling-out of the welcome mat for tourists, and all those who want to experience the historic beauty of our city.  Finally, it is also an important opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of historic preservation in La Porte,” Ruminski noted.

People Engaged in Preservation is a La Porte-based non-profit citizens group dedicated to the preservation of the city’s historic architecture, and promoting the economic development and quality-of-life benefits of historic preservation.

Thanks to Sue Baxter and PanoramaNow for sharing this article.