A Christmas Market at Hilltop Barn is part of this year’s Save Old Cleburne’s Candlewalk Tour of Homes.

At 2770 CR 1125B, the American Gothic Hilltop Barn is just past the Cleburne Surgery Center. The market is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phyliss Ziebarth and her brother, Mike Yarbourgh bought the special event and wedding venue last summer. Ziebarth is recently retired and wanted  a “second act.” Moving from Arlington, she said she loves the small town feel of Cleburne. She has become active in the Downtown Cleburne Association and the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce. 

The barn accommodates up to 150 guests, provides indoor and outdoor spaces.

The pair have added a bridal suite for brides and bridesmaids to stay overnight before the wedding day or to use to get ready the day of. In the near future, the two bedrooms, one bath will be available as a bed and breakfast.

The Hilltop Barn also has a saloon and Victorian parlor. Ziebarth and Yarbourgh have enjoyed buying most of the furnishings at N J Auctions in Cleburne. They also added additional bathrooms near the outdoor pavilion.

You do not have to have a Candlewalk ticket to visit Hilltop Barn.

1930s Smith-Hagan House

815 Prairie Ave.

Earliest owner of this 1930s brick Tudor was Herman H. Smith and wife, Margie. Herman Smith worked at the Retail Merchants Credit Bureau and later at the City National Bank.

Typical of Tudor architecture, the house has a prominent arched front gable, front fireplace and arched openings on the porch. The couple updated the home in the 1960s, adding mid century cabinetry and light fixtures.

Mae White bought and lived in the house many years before selling to John and Leslie Hagan in October 2020.

The Hagans have restored several older homes in Cleburne, always taking great care to preserve its original character.

Fabric backed wallpaper was removed from the living room exposing wood walls to which the Hagans added sheet rock and painted. Hardwood floors showed at one time there was a separation between the living and dining room. They added half walls and columns to formalize the space.

The  kitchen had both original cabinets and mismatched newer cabinets. The newer cabinets were resurfaced to match the original and painted a soft teal color.

The blueprints showed the back room with pine paneled walls were original to the house and through the years a back porch had been taken in to enlarge the room. A covered side porch, added later on the north side, leads you to the detached garage and workshop.

This is the first time the Smith-Hagan House has been on tour. Beautifully decorated, the Hagans welcome you to see their latest home preservation during the Christmas season. 

Candlewalk is from 1-8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 pre-sale and available at The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, the Layland Museum and Heritage Home Vintage Inspired Living, 208 E. Henderson St. in downtown Cleburne. 

Tickets the day of the event are $15.

The “Driving Tour of Lights” officially starts Saturday as well and runs through month’s end. The winners of the best decorated homes will be announced shortly after Christmas. Maps of the participating homes for both events are also available.

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