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Visitors take a tour of Ashland's Brinton House on Saturday.

ASHLAND -- Kyle von Kamp first purchased the house at 603 Center St. in 2006. The house has been on the National Register of Historical Places in 1976, but received several restorations since von Kamp, a history teacher in Willard, took ownership.

The house is part of Ashland's Center Street Historic District and known locally as the Brinton House. It was originally built in 1889 by the Joseph and Lydia Pennington Brinton family.

Von Kamp said he opened the house up for a "Yuletide" tour this year in order to raise money for the Anne Von Kamp Parsons Memorial Scholarship Fund. Anne von Kamp was his sister. Recipients of the scholarship receive $500 for college.

"We hope to raise enough money to make the scholarship an endowment," he said, donned in a humbug nightgown.

The tour was one-directional, guiding guests through the holiday-decorated Victorian halls. The walls featured historical photos of the house, portraits of original owners and antiques. In total, the house had 11 decorated Christmas trees -- each with their own theme. One had von Kamp's collected keychains, another had a Danish theme, while another had an African theme.

"I lived in Africa for three years and in Denmark for one year," he said.

Some rooms had area vendors of handmade products, such as leather purses, soaps and quilts.

The tour lasted from 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. Von Kamp hopes to make the tour a yearly tradition and to raise funds for various charities in the years to come.

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