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‘Come Back in Time With Us’ At the Oldest House


The Oldest House in Laceyville is pleased to announce the times and dates for the annual Christmas Tea, a long-time tradition for the historic House, built in 1781. This year, the tea will run on Friday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The house will be decorated with white pine roping, dried berries and flowers in much the same way that the Early American residents of the house might have done, using the greens and berries and dried summer bounty available to them.

This year, for the first time in many years, the entire three floors of the house will be decorated and open for tours; members will be on hand, dressed in period garb, to escort visitors on guided tours and share their knowledge of the house, its owners and its place in history.

The ground floor “keeping room” will be set up to reflect Christmas in the year the house was built, 1781. Cozy, warm and welcoming, the authentically-decorated room will help visitors imagine themselves in a simpler, but charming era. On the main floor, the entry room will feature a display honoring the artistry and art of holiday baking from the late 1940’s and 1950’s. The “river view” room will continue the nostalgic 1940’s-1950’s theme with a display of two electric trains from that time, complete with “villages.” In this room will also be found some local genealogical information as well as house history. Still on the main floor, the house’s dining room will reflect the Victorian milieu and will be decorated with a German theme, honoring one of the national cultures whose people first settled the area.

A private collection of Nutcrackers and Smoking Men from Germany will also be on display, as well as handmade “Scherenschnitten” and a traditional German snow tree. In the dining room, the house will offer a wide array of cookies and treats, as well as hot mulled cider, coffee and, of course, tea. Upstairs, the three bedrooms will reflect the style of an Early American Child’s Christmas, with a special display of Christmas memories, featuring favorite toys from times past.

On Friday evening, a special dulcimer concert by local artists will be on offer as well, to add to the holiday ambience. The annual Christmas Tea is a chance for the house to give back to the community in thanks for all the support it has enjoyed throughout the year. It is also the last chance to tour the entire three floors of the house before it closes for the winter season. Please mark your calendars and come join in for a sweet seasonal treat, a little music and a few moments’ rest from the hectic holiday pace as you “come back in time with us” at The Oldest House.


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