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Dec. 2, 3: East Cottage to be featured on Celebrate Frederick's Candlelight House Tour

FREDERICK, Maryland—The President’s House at Hood College will be featured this year in Celebrate Frederick’s Candlelight House Tour.

These self-guided walking tours will take place Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Tour members are welcomed inside private homes elaborately adorned with holiday decor throughout Historic Frederick. Visitors are delighted year after year with the architectural nuances, decorations and historical significance of these magnificent homes.

The President’s House at Hood, also called East Cottage, is one of eight downtown houses in this year’s tour. The entire first floor, decorated by College staff, will be included in the tour.

This home has deep connections to Hood College. Built in 1900, the College purchased it in 1920 for use by the vice president. From 1921 until 1924, it served as the infirmary and was known as East Cottage. A year later, the College sold the property to William T. Delaplaine and his wife, Janie, a 1908 alumna. In 1979, the house passed to the Delaplaines’ adopted daughter, Natalie Colbert Bowers, a Class of 1952 graduate. Faced with the need for more space, Hood brought the house back onto campus in 2014 and restored its former name.

This house is home to President Andrea Chapdelaine and her family, and it hosts a variety of official campus events. The College is using the home often this academic year to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

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