Historic district presents ‘Illuminate the Night’

PIQUA — In mid-December, the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association (PCHDA) would typically be putting the finishing touches on decorations at homes included in the annual Holiday Home Tour. However, 2020 has been anything but typical.

“The possibility of spreading COVID-19 by hosting a tour that includes 300 people walking through the interior of several homes was just too risky this year,” said fundraising chair Chad Spruance.

In lieu of the home tour, Spruance proposed members instead showcase the district by encouraging merchants and residents to “Illuminate the Night” by decorating the exterior of their properties.

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 19 between 6-9 p.m., families can get out to enjoy lights and luminaries while taking a self-guided walk or drive through the area. WPTW will also be playing all holiday tunes during the tour so walkers or drivers are encouraged to tune in to 98.1 FM to listen and sing along.

The Piqua-Caldwell Historic District (PCHD) encompasses the area between Spring Street, Ash Street, Riverside Drive and Caldwell Street and includes many historic properties. Spruance said their wish is that this event will give families an activity that is safe and enhances their holiday experience. The PCHDA is hopeful that the usual Holiday Home Tour will be able to return in 2021.

PCHD was established in 1985 and registered with the National Trust of Historic Places and is currently a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is “to preserve our past for the future” and the association is currently raising funds to add historic street signs to designate the district. For anyone interested in helping to support our mission, donations made payable to the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District may be mailed to PO Box 212, Piqua, OH 45356.