For more than 30 years, the McDaniel family worked to restore and renovate a turn of the century home. For the first time, the public can catch a glimpse at the Bethesda Community Church’s Country Christmas Tour of Homes.
The McDaniel house is one of six being featured as part of the tour, on Dec. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. At about 3,000 square feet, the house was built in 1905 and sits on approximately two acres in the rural community of Marietta.
Kathryn McDaniel said renovations were a labor of love.
“It was my dream house. It hadn’t been lived in in a long time and we totally re-did it over the years,” she said.
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Although she said the house is still a work in progress, she wants to use it to glorify God.
“I feel like it’s a gift to me. It’s a beautiful old house. It’s what I always wanted. We don’t really own anything. Everything we have is just on loan to us,” McDaniel said. “We aren’t going to be here forever. I thought I just wanted to use my house to share it with others and this opportunity came along.”
Proceeds from the tour will help establish a women’s ministry at the church.
“It’s just really all about God and me being able to share what he’s blessed me with the opportunity to get to live here,” McDaniel said.
Simplicity is the theme for the holiday decor for her house, she said. Greenery and ribbons adorn the banister inside while nativity scenes throughout the house will reflect the birth of Christ.
“It’s nothing fancy. It’s traditional, classical. I just really want the natural beauty of the house to show – the old, wooden walls, the porch, the features of the house,” McDaniel said.
A unique feature of the house is its porch, which runs the length of the house. Long before the advent of air conditioning, it has also been the site of many birthday parties and other gatherings over the years, McDaniel said.
“I want what I do here to be a ministry,” McDaniel said. “I think about the hurricane and all the people who don’t have homes, it just makes me cry. I thought, how can I be doing this when there are so many people who don’t have a house but to me, I just hope that people who have lost their homes, that through this hard time that they are going through that somehow they can be made stronger and brought closer to God through this struggle. I feel that we can go on with the tour because we are celebrating what’s most important – home and family. That’s so much of what Christmas is about.”
Tickets are for the tour are $10 and can be purchased ahead of time or on the day of the tour. For tickets, or for more information, call Myrna Ivey at 910-678-7294, Sharon Lewis at 910-734-4615, or Debbie Webb at 910-824-5441.
Restroom facilities will be available at the church.
Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.