Trena may have the White House as part of her holiday experience. But, I’ve got Union Square and the H.L. Mencken House around the corner. In addition to the Christmas Tree Farm experience, my holiday-themed weekend included the 26th annual Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour.
Homeowners in historic Union Square open up their 19th century homes to participants. Each house bakes a different cookie too.
The neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places district. I had some serious house envy. On average, the houses are around 2500 to 3,000 sq ft, 4 bedroom / 4 bathrooms. Oy.
One homeowner said that during the 1800s there were 19 servants that worked in the home!
I didn’t take the best / most useful photos for blogging. I was all caught up in getting cookies. Plus, it felt a little strange photographing someone’s house. But, here are a few highlights.
This house with the nutcracker collection has nine fireplaces, eight of which are in operation. The one below is in the kitchen. Can you imagine??
While some houses kept the super traditional look. Others went with a more modern decor.
Including this house that hung doors from the set of HBO’s the Wire. These were used as the fictional police department on the show.
Here’s the Christmas tree in the same house. Upside down! I didn’t know that was a thing.
More of the infamous marble steps of Baltimore.
The renovated bathrooms make me want to drool
And other homes of the more modern home were the exposed brick
If you are in the area next Christmas, I recommend you take the tour. It’s got great history, it’s fun to see how people decorate and renovate their homes and a wonderful introduction to this historic area.