Christmas House Walk Dec. 10 in Lake Lure

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 08:45 AM

Four families in Lake Lure are sharing their homes with the public for the annual Fairfield Mountains Chapel Women of the Church Christmas Walk on Monday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

  Tickets are $15 each for the Christmas House Walk and Luncheon with all proceeds going to nonprofit groups in Rutherford County and surrounding areas. 

 Tickets are available at Fairfield Mountains Chapel.  Tickets may be purchased for the House Walk, $15.

The Christmas House Walk will take visitors to the homes of Bob and Anita Cameron, 200 Chapel Point Road; Bob & Patty Cobbett, 111 Chapel Point Road; Joe & Carol Pritchett, 177 Firefly Point and Jim & Robin Proctor, 328 Boys Camp Road. The Firefly Cove Lodge, 121 Chapel Point Road will also be included in this year’s walk.  Participants may start the walk at any of the houses and maps are included on the back of the House Walk tickets.  

The Cameron’s home was built in 2010 with custom designed wood beams and a hand carved fireplace mantel.  A special lift was installed to pick up and display the living room Christmas tree. Many Christmas trees will be decorated throughout the house.  The home of  the Cobbett’s was built by John Bittle in 2007 and features an open floor plan with a large family room/kitchen combination, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and a full face glass wall providing a great lake view.  The attached deck looks out on the lake where some of the “Dirty Dancing” filming occurred.  Beautiful Christmas decorations include vintage ornaments passed down from their grandparents and a village of “little people” will be on display.

The Firefly Cove Lodge was built in 2008 by Hickory Construction as the centerpiece of the Firefly Cove development.  The structure is a rustic contemporary design with liberal use of stone and wood.  The lodge is decorated by one of the homeowners, Anita Cameron. Anita uses traditional and natural decorations to fit in with the décor of the lodge.

At the home of the Joe & Carol Pritchett visitors will find a beautiful home designed by architect Con Dameron and built by Carolina Creative Builders.  Rich oak floors combine with cypress ceilings to create a stately yet open ambiance.  A marble fireplace is the focal point of the living room.  The home site is located on the point of  Firefly Cove.  The living porch looks out onto the location of the water scene that was so famous in the movie, the one in which Patrick Swayze tries to show Jennifer Grey how to leap into his arms. Every room in the home opens to a view of the lake and mountains.

The Proctor’s home is the old inn at Pine Gales and is listed on the National Historic Registry. The original home was a two story log cabin built in the 1790s. It was operated as an inn on the old toll road connecting Charlotte to Asheville. In the 1800s the first post office was run from the kitchen. Over the years, the house has been an Inn for most of 200 years, was a CCC camp during the depression, a vacation camp (Camp Tally Ho), and held the offices for the Chimney Rock Development Company.  Since the early 1940s, the house has been a private home owned by the grandparents of the current owners.  The history of the home  is visible with the original hand hewn beams in the kitchen, the massive stones used for the fireplace in the living room, the thickness of the walls and the wavy glass in the windows. The Christmas decorations on the trees and around the home each tell a story- a few ornaments that have been placed on the tree every year by three generations.