The annual Candlelight Tour, offered by Fort Bend County Museum in Richmond, and hosted by the Museum Docents, was a success.
Candlelight Tour opened Friday through the first weekend in December, and this year over 350 visitors toured the Moore Home, which was decorated for Christmas inside and out. Each room of the house, hosted a docent tour guide, provided a history of that room, bits and pieces of interesting trivia about the past residents, and additional history about Richmond and the community.
Every year, people who have lived in the county for most or all of their lives, come out to tour the Moore Home, for the first time.
“However, some families have made the Candlelight Tour a yearly tradition, others are drawn to the particular themes of the tour, and every year we have new faces. On the Friday of the tour weekend, senior adult tours are provided during the morning and early afternoon, so that the retirement and assisted living homes may bring their residents, many of these come annually,” said Claire Rogers, spokesperson, Fort Bend County Museum.
The John M. Moore Home was built in 1883 by John M. Moore (1862-1940) for his bride, Lottie Dyer. A prosperous rancher, Moore served in the state legislature and in the U.S. Congress. Following his 1905 election to Congress, he remodeled the home from its original Victorian design to a neo-classical style popular in the early 20th century. Richmond’s First Baptist Church was founded in the house and noted politicians and cattlemen often visited.
“The house will stay decorated all through the month of December so we will continue to give tours of the house . Many school groups sign-up for programs during this month specifically so that they can tour the house while it is decorate,” Rogers said.
Over the Candlelight weekend and throughout the month of December, over 500 schoolchildren are expected to learn about Fort Bend County, as they tour the home.
The Candlelight Tour takes approximately eight months of planning, according to Felesa Baker, who served her fourth term as chair of this event.
After the tour, visitors were invited to enjoy wassail and cookies on the patio, and browse the gift shop.
The Fort Bend County Museum Association has preserved and interpreted Fort Bend County and Texas history for nearly 40 years.
For more information on the Fort Bend County Museum and the Moore Home, pleasevisit the website, www.fortbendmuseum.org.