Favorite Festive Homes on Truby’s Former Farm
The photo above shows a Christmas cactus in full bloom & the view from the 2nd story hallway of the home built c 1844 by Apollo’s farmer Simon Truby–located at 708 Terrace Ave.
Last weekend, Dec 15-17, 2017, the Apollo area was treated to a beautiful light snowfall. So my daughter & I took the opportunity to snap photos of a few of our favorite Christmas-decorated homes situated on Simon Truby’s former farmland — which extended between N. 6th Street in Apollo and 15th Street in North Apollo, and included Pegtown and some of Oak Hill. Here’s a map of Simon Truby’s farmland, highlighted in green.
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Here’s a 360 video from the quiet corner of Terrace Ave & N 8th Street in Apollo on Friday Dec 15, 2017. Not many Christmas lights that evening, but a pretty snowfall….
On Terrace Avenue
The home at 800 Terrace Ave, built c 1920, usually has one of the neighborhood’s most elaborate Christmas displays. My photos don’t do it justice.
The two homes above, built c 1890, are on Terrace Ave between N 6th and N 7th Streets. Click on the photos to open up larger versions.
N 6th, 8th, & 9th Streets and Armstrong Ave
During Simon Truby’s lifetime (1806-1886), he laid out and sold residential lots on the southern end of his farmland, along today’s N 6th and N 7th Streets. Most of the lots on N 8th & N 9th Streets were sold after Simon Truby’s death.
The vernacular mill houses on N 9th Street, built c 1890, have had lovely Christmas displays in recent decades. In earlier years, paper bag (or plastic milk jug) luminaries lined the street. But not this year. Even without the candles, though, N 9th Street looks sweet.
On N 8th Street, a charming light display at the home built c 1917 by farmer Simon Truby’s grandson, Seibert Clyde Truby (1881-1920)
A pretty display at 513 N 6th Street, at a home built c 1880…shown from 2 different angles.
Also on N 6th Street:
On Armstrong Ave between N 7th and N 8th Streets
North Apollo, up to 15th Street
Simon Truby’s property extended as far north as 15th Street in North Apollo. Here are some favorite Christmas decorations there:
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
If you adore Apollo area history, please show some love to the Apollo Area Historical Society. … perhaps by donating some of your time, money, and/or heartfelt appreciation. Visit apollopahistory.wordpress.com to learn more about this awesome organization.
– by Vicki Contie
Ellicott City, MD