L ove looking at old houses? Me, too! So whenever there’s an Historic House Tour anywhere within driving distance, I’m there. I really enjoyed the walking tour through Columbia Tusculum, Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood. Here are some of the photos I took as we walked through up and down the hilly streets, staring up at the Victorian Painted Ladies that overlook the Ohio River.
One of our tour guides told us that this beautiful old home (below) used to be haunted.
She said the owners were awakened every night when the ghost flipped on all the lights and started puffing on a cigar. They said they could smell the smoke!
Then, a few years ago, the house caught on fire–maybe the ghost was careless with his smoking? The house had to be completely restored. During the renovations, the ghost apparently got fed up with the inconvenience and moved on. They haven’t had any sightings (or smellings) since.
This house is next-door to the one that used to be haunted:
The dining room:
I thought the branches they had in the corner of the dining room created an interesting effect:
A little farther down the street, a house that belongs in Mayberry:
I thought this little house was adorable. It reminded me of those Tumbleweed Tiny Houses I showed you a while back:
This Queen Anne Victorian built in 1890 was one of the highlights of the walking tour. It was decorated for Halloween, as you can see! It has a round corner tower with a square base and conical cap. I took a few pictures for you:
Parlor with original stained glass:
A sunny bathroom:
A sweet room for a little girl:
I hope you enjoyed this mini-tour from Columbia Tusculum. I have more homes to show you from the afternoon I spent there, so stay tuned.
A reader sent me a photo of an old home from this neighborhood that she lived in as a girl that I’ll show you tomorrow–you can see how much it has changed since the 1950s! I really enjoyed hearing her stories about what the area was like back then, and I think you will, too.