Burlingame Holiday Home Tour features progress – old and new

The annual Burlingame Holiday Home Tour will highlight old and new, with the Superior School, south of town, again as a featured attraction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2018. Another featured home on the tour will be one of the new Balanced Properties duplexes, Julia Traphagan’s home at 405 S. Prospect, Burlingame.

A visit to Superior School will provide an after view of a major restoration project over the past year. Some of the volunteers who did the majority of the work will be on hand to talk about how and what was done. There will be picture boards of the progression of the project from start to finish.

While the school was not the first or only school to serve the community of Superior, it was the last. The present school was built in 1894, and it was in spring of 1950, the last students left the building. After the school closed, the building had been used for church services, 4-H meetings, Dragoon Township board meetings, and was the polling place for Dragoon Township. The years had taken its toll on the old building.

The Burlingame Historical Preservation Society was given the opportunity to salvage the school if possible. Restoration was started in the fall of 2013 with windows boarded up and the porch roof propped up. The spring of 2014 work started in earnest. Work continued each summer until 2018 when the outside was considered done.

The plan was to start working on the interior in the spring of 2018. It was decided that the old school would be part of the holiday home tour in December 2017 so people could see the “before” of the interior. Work started in January 2018 with taking off interior doors, stripping and refinishing, old lights rewired, and hardware stripped and repainted. This was all done off site in a heated work shop until it was warm enough to work at the school house. By July 14, 2018, the interior work was completed.

BHPS invites everyone to come on the Burlingame Holiday Home Tour to see the progress made on the school. Superior School is two miles south of Burlingame on U.S. Highway 56, 18887 Hw. US 56, at the northwest corner of the intersection with 189th Street.

Julia Traphagan Home

Julia Traphagan has lived in the Balanced Properties at 405 S. Prospect, in Burlingame, for four months. These properties are newly constructed and Julia was the first to occupy a duplex. There are two buildings with two duplex living areas each.

Julia lives with two small dogs to keep her company. She has decorated her kitchen with roosters, and Christmas snowmen can be found throughout the home. Julia is gracious enough to share her home for the Holiday home tour.

Tickets will be available at the tour sites or at the Schuyler Museum. In addition there will be activities at the Schuyler Museum as part of the Burlingame Country Christmas community celebration.

Museum open, craft show, vendors

The museum will be open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the annual Country Christmas celebration. Featured displays will be decorated trees and nativities. The museum offers 10 rooms of artifacts to enjoy. Admittance is free. The Schuyler Community Center, next door to the museum will be full of crafters for a great variety of Christmas shopping.

BHPS is providing a lunch counter with a seating area for eating in the community center. The menu will consist of choice of sloppy Joe or hot dog, along with potato salad, baked beans, chips, and beverages. Serving will start at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls. There is a full day of fun around town, so everyone is invited to come spend the day at Burlingame and stay for the annual lighted parade downtown at 6 p.m. See the schedule below:

Burlingame 29th Annual Country Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

  • Kids crafts, pictures with Santa, music, entertainment all day.
  • Library cookie and book sale, 10 a.m.
  • Home Tour, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Parade of Lights, 6 p.m.
  • Craft vendors, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Community Center, 218 W. Fremont.
  • Miscellaneous gifts and lunch counter at Community Center, 218 W. Fremont, serving 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or till food is gone; breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, Sloppy Joe sandwich, hot dog, sides, chips and drinks. Seated eating area available.
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