BY SARAH R. GREGORY
Dozens of visitors enjoyed tours of the historic Dickson-Williams Mansion during a holiday open house following the Greeneville Christmas Parade on Sunday.
The historic 1820s-era home was open to the public for free tours from 3 to 5 p.m.
Tour guides with Main Street: Greeneville and the Dickson-Williams Historical Association led visitors through the home.
Re-enactors in period dress and members of the John Hunt Morgan Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization shared anecdotes about how the holidays would have been celebrated in such a home during its early days.
Members of the West Side Garden Club decorated the well-known home, located at the corner of Church and Irish streets, in beautiful holiday style.
Construction on the home where Confederate General Morgan spent the night prior to his death began in 1815 for Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson.
The handsome brick structure is best known as the home of Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Williams. Mrs. Williams was the former Catherine Dickson, daughter of William DIckson.
Wilhelmina Williams, wife of Beverly Williams, a descendant of Dr. and Mrs. Williams, said Sunday's event was successful.
"We are very pleased," she said.
Organizers hope to begin hosting a holiday open house annually.
"It is so beautifully decorated," Williams said, adding that visitors had enjoyed the tours.
Tours of the home are available daily at 1 p.m.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age six to 18. Children under five are admitted free.
To schedule a tour, please call 787-0500.