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Yes, Someone Actually Lives There, Christmas Homes Tour

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SALISBURY, Md. - A holiday tradition is back in Salisbury.  Residents of the Newtown neighborhood opened their doors to some of the city's most historic homes, giving people a peek into the past while celebrating a bit of holiday cheer.

They might look like museums, but people actually live in the century old homes.  Sue Ellen Smith lives in a home on North Division Street, she says "We've actually had people come up to the door and ask 'can we see your house?' And so jokingly, I said 'it'll be on tour'."

That is just one of six homes in the Newtown community's Historic Christmas Homes Tour, showcasing some of the most historic buildings in Salisbury, built after fire ripped through the downtown area over a century years ago.

"I don't think people realize what's in this neighborhood," says Neill Carey, Co-Chair of the tour, which is back for the first time in three years.  It, like much of the country, fell victim to the recession.

As homes became vacant, Carey says "Newtown membership sort of dwindled off as the economy got in trouble."

Now, coupled with a resurgence in Salisbury's downtown, members of the Newtown community see the tour as more than just a way to show off beautiful architecture and holiday decorations.

"All these events bring our neighborhood together.  A lot of people participate...get to meet each other," says Carey.

Smith tells WMDT, "when people see this and say 'why is in Salisbury Maryland?' Because Salisbury Maryland is a very important place."

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