R. F. Young House

Home Tour showcases historic Main Street houses


Melanie and Trevor Dunham moved to Georgetown in 2005 because they wanted to own a house in the city’s Old Town area, which is full of lovingly restored houses of a variety of architectural styles.

Although the couple originally purchased an old Spanish-style house on University Avenue, the house they’d always had their eyes on was a Victorian house located at 1243 Main Street. As luck would have it, the house came on the market, and the Dunhams purchased it in 2009, shortly after the house appeared on the Georgetown Heritage Society’s 2009 Holiday Home Tour.

This year—after more than five years of renovations—the Dunhams will be the ones showing off the house on the Heritage Society’s home tour.

The Dunhams’ house, officially known as the R. F. Young House, is one of several Main Street homes featured on the 2015 Holiday Home Tour. This will be the second time that the Dunhams have opened their house for the tour. Their former house on University Avenue was on the tour in 2008.

“When you spend most of your free time and almost every spare penny working to restore and update your home, the compliments and praise take the sting out of all that sacrifice,” says Melanie, who serves as the Place 5 Trustee on the Georgetown ISD School Board. “Hearing a thousand strangers oooh and ahhh for two days feels pretty good.”

The 2015 Holiday Home Tour happens on December 12th and 13th. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main St., or in advance of the tour at www.georgetownheritagesociety.org.

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