Lewes home is graced by furnishings from past generations, as well as art from this one
When the home of Caryl and George Williams is open to the public as part of the Christmas Tour of Lewes, visitors may be surprised to see who’s already there, sitting at the dining room table. Caryl expects Mark Twain and Georgia O’Keeffe that day — French impressionist Claude Monet may even drop by.
Weeks before that occasion, Caryl has a cherry pie ready, sitting on a shelf in the kitchen. No need to worry about it getting stale: It’s just an artist’s rendition, acrylic paint on a sheet of tar paper, more commonly used in roofing.
And, of course, the expected visitors aren’t any more substantial than that. They too are Caryl’s paint-and-roofing-paper creations, as is the solemn Winston Churchill who’s already propped up in the kitchen. “I’ll have to carry him back upstairs soon,” George says. “I keep thinking that someone is standing there.”
Both George and Caryl are artists and their work is scattered throughout the house. The third floor is a light-filled studio; Biscuit, the family’s bearded collie, loves to go up there and onto the back porch, where there often are pine cones that need to be rounded up and disciplined.
The Williamses’ home was built in 1925 — the first house constructed on DeVries Circle in Lewes — by a member of the Beebe family. Caryl and George bought it in 2004 and remodeled the interior, adding a second-story master bedroom and reconfiguring the kitchen and dining area to make the former smaller and the latter larger.