Cleveland visitors can travel back in time and experience the elegance of a Victorian Christmas at the J.E. Reeves Victorian House & Carriage Museum in Dover, Ohio which is offering special Christmas tours from November 11 through December 22. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Dover.
Reeves Victorian House This opulent, 17 room Victorian mansion is the former home of Dover iron industrialist J.E. Reeves and his family. Today the mansion is owned by the Dover Historical Society. The house features a third floor ballroom and it has been restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance. The mansion is filled with original furniture and antiques that were owned by the Reeves family.
Christmas Tours This year’s theme is “World War I & the Edwardian Era” and for the mansion holiday tours, each of the 17 rooms will be decorated for Christmas and will feature a Christmas tree. Fully guided tours begin on November 11 and take place through December 22. Volunteer tour guides will be in each room to relay information about the home and the Reeves family as guests stroll through the rooms. This year’s tours will be of particular interest to visitors who are fans of the award-winning TV series “Downton Abbey.”
The Dover Historical Society is also hosting a Gingerbread House contest and display in the Reeves Carriage House. To kick off the contest on Sunday, December 14, the Dover Historical Society will hold a Gingerbread Open House from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The J.E. Reeves House will then host a Choir Concert that evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring various ensemble groups of the Dover Choirs. Light refreshments will be served.
Christmas tours are offered daily from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. through December 22. The J.E. Reeves House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Admission ( for the guided tours) is $8 for adults and $3 for children (5-17). Every Wednesday is Senior Citizen Day and admission for seniors is $5.
For more information about the Christmas Tours or about the J.E. Reeves House in general, call 800-815-2794 or get online at www.doverhistory.org.
The J.E. Reeves Victorian House & Carriage Museum is located at 325 East Iron Rd. in Dover, Ohio. Dover is 81 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland.