Annual Candlelight Tour

30th Year Showcasing Newburgh's Historic Homes & Hospitality

30th Annual Tour hosted by the Newburgh Historical Society

To celebrate the Newburgh Historical Society's 30th annual Candlelight Tour, the Newburgh community is coming together. This year's tour is dedicated to the memory of Don Herron, a beloved member of the community and illustrator of the collectible Candlelight Tour booklets for two decades.

This year’s Tour will take place on Sunday, December 8th from noon until 5:00 pm. Begin the tour at the Crawford House (189 Montgomery Street) and receive your Candlelight Tour booklet to continue exploring some of Newburgh's architectural treasures.

In addition to the Candlelight Tour, several other events will be hosted on December 8th in conjunction with the tour. Learn more below.

Events to Celebrate Newburgh Historical Society's 30th Annual Candlelight Tour

  • Special Don Herron exhibit at Crawford House
  • Art Exhibit by William B. Noonan at Don Herron's former residence
  • Hungry March Band Parade from Crawford House to Washington Heights
  • Warm Up With the Washington's special program at Washington's HQ
  • 'Newburgh For Newcomers' reception at Poet Mona Paschke's home

Candlelight Tour of Newburgh

Sunday, Dec. 8th, 12-5pm

David Crawford House, Newburgh, NY


The self-guided Candlelight Tour begins at the opulently decorated Crawford House where visitors can enjoy the period decorations hand crafted for the event by a team of volunteers using all fresh greens, flowers, and fruit in 19th century designs. Visitors can enjoy the “Don’s World” retrospective and the Society’s Gift Shop before heading out on the tour.

The Tour includes magnificent homes in many architectural styles, beautifully decorated for the season, as well as buildings that are distinctive for their design, history, or adaptive re-use. This year’s Tour booklet will be illustrated by Rick Arnold of Glen Wild Studio, who has graciously volunteered his time and talent.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Tour tickets are available online at, or call 845-561-2585. Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.

Candlelight Tour Highlights

Don Herron Exhibit at the Crawford House

For the Candlelight Tour, the Newburgh Historical Society is mounting a special retrospective of Don Herron's work, called ”Don’s World,” in the Stone Floor Gallery at its headquarters, the David Crawford House.

The exhibit will display Herron's work in many media over his long career: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, faux finishes, textiles, and artist’s books. The artist’s books will be available electronically for perusal by the public. This project is made possible, in part, with funds from Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange.

The exhibit will be open from 11 am - 5 pm, 189 Montgomery Street in Newburgh.

Art Exhibition at Artist William Noonan's Home

Twenty diverse artists who study with William Noonan at his Newburgh studio, at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, and at the Barrett House Art Center in Poughkeepsie, will hang their work at Noonan's home studio at 116 First Street. The studio building is part of a historic property, an 1836 Federal townhouse designed by Thornton McNess Niven, that will be included on the Candlelight Tour of historic homes hosted by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands and was restored by Don Herron. The reception for the art show is December 8 from 11am-1pm. The one day show will remain open till 5pm. Early visitors to the art show may decide to purchase tickets for the Candlelight Tour on that same day, and continue on. The Newburgh Candlelight tour always boasts a wide array of interesting properties. William Noonan, a native of Orange County, is an oil painter. His work is best described as painterly realism. He works, teaches and exhibits in the mid Hudson Valley.

Hungry March Band

A New Orleans style marching band with a Brooklyn twist will pass along the Candlelight Tour route from the David Crawford House up through Washington Heights, with a stop at Washington's Headquarters and the Wherehouse restaurant. More details to follow!

Warm up at the Washingtons'

The Hasbrouck House, best known as Washington's Headquarters, is a special stop every year on the Candlelight Tour. This year, it will be "fragrantly decorated for yuletide, with live music for the holidays, hot cider and cookies!" The house will be open from 12-4 pm and will feature historical interpreters dressed in 18th century clothing.

Visit the official page for Washington Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh.

After the Candlelight Tour

Newburgh for Newcomers Networking Social

Sunday, Dec. 8th, 5-7pm

272 Liberty St

Newburgh, NY

From Newburgh for Newcomers:

"People are moving into Newburgh drawn not only by “great housing stock at rock bottom prices” but also by the energy of artists (and artisans), musicians, writers, and many other creative thinkers.

"Join Newburgh for Newcomers (N4N) for wine and cheese and valuable insights at 272 Liberty Street, an outstanding example of 2nd Empire architecture with mansard roof, Juliet porch, and stained glass windows.

"Bring your curiosity and questions to Madeline Fletcher, Esq. of the Newburgh Land Bank charged with acquiring and efficiently managing abandoned properties, local architect and developer Drew Kartiganer who has experience with investment properties, and residents of Newburgh Heights who collectively restored and sold a property in their neighborhood.

"Talk with people like yourself who have moved to Newburgh and are restoring homes and want to share what they've learned through the experience, and hear from a recipient of a Census Tract IV grant from Mount St. Mary College who blogs on about his adventures as a DIY fixer-upper on Chambers Street. Experience Newburgh and meet those involved in building community.

"See for details or call N4N co-chair Dick Bedrosian at 917-676-5515 to make your reservation."

Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands

The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, headquartered in the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, is a private not-for-profit organization. Incorporated in 1884, the Society was originally dedicated to the collection and preservation of records and data pertaining to the Hudson River Valley, focusing especially on its Revolutionary War history.

Serving as stewards of our history, the Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the unique history, architecture and culture of Newburgh. Our unique story is told through the Society’s collections, programs and events such as the Croquet Tournament.