The Tomahawk continues its preview of The 2015 annual Rotary Christmas Tour of Homes which will be held Sunday, December 13. This weeks featured home is that of J.P. and Jeff Burnham. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center (423-727-5800) or from any Rotary member.
Keeping with the Christmas spirit and friendliness of the Burnham family, you will be welcomed at the front gate by a figure out of Charles Dickens. A Christmas nutcracker will then greet you as he stands watch at the entrance of the beautifully decorated home of JP and Jeff.
The Burnhams designed their home in 1993, choosing this site which is located next to the National Forest overlooking Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. You will have visions of Christmas past and present as you enter the large double doors into the front hall. You will be greeted by a beautiful 15-foot Christmas tree, the warmth of a huge stone fireplace, and the feeling of being home for the holidays.
The first words of most visitors are, Its so comfortable and relaxing here, I dont want to leave. Adding to the feeling of being home for the holidays are several family heirlooms such as JPs grandfathers trunk that he used to travel to America in 1890 from England, her fathers metal toys, an antique baby carriage and lovely quilts.
Every room has been beautifully decorated for Christmas from the bedrooms to the bathrooms to the sitting area complete with a pot-bellied stove. The Burnhams home has an additional stone fireplace in the dining area decorated with Christmas stockings that have been hung with care in hopes of Saint Nicholas stopping there. You can settle in on the kitchen window seat and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view from this beautiful mountain retreat. Accenting the kitchen is the antique black cook stove and unique decorations.
You are in for a magical holiday experience when you tour this home as you join the Burnham family and friends who come home for Christmas.