HOLIDAY HISTORY TOURS
A Season of Celebration
The holidays have always been a special time in America, but it was especially so around the time of the American Revolution. As Christmas approaches, Montgomery County's historic attractions break out the traditional decorations and festivities. Here are a few ways to celebrate the season along Patriot Trails.
MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
Valley Forge National Historical Park
On December 19, 1777, the Continental Army marched in to Valley Forge for what would become a six-month encampment. The anniversary of that first night in camp is celebrated each year with an encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, an appearance by George Washington and Christmas carolers in the Visitor Center.
November 24 through January 10
Experience Pennypacker Mills in full holiday spirit. Through January 10, the historic home is decorated in Victorian splendor, with glass ornaments, mantle greens and red ribbons.
TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS
November 27 through January 10
Pottsgrove Manor celebrates Twelfth Night every day through January 10. Greens and holly decorate the historic Potts family home as visitors learn the difference between Twelfth Night and modern-day Christmas celebrations.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Experience Peter Wentz Farmstead as George Washington would have experienced it in 1777: by the glow of candlelight. Washington once made the farm his headquarters, and it still holds the same feel as it did in his day. Colonial music, seasonal decorations and a visit from the Belsnickel are on tap for the evening's activities.
CHRISTMAS AT HOPE LODGE
Hope Lodge opens its doors for a holiday celebration on December 5. Listen to the sounds of the season as performed by the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, Upper Dublin Sophisticated Singers and the Upper Dublin High School Choir as you tour the mansion, decked in all its holiday glory.
Morgan Log House
Built in the early 1700s, the Morgan Log House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Montgomery County. Visitors have a unique opportunity to explore the home by candlelight on December 12 while the home is decorated in its finest 18th Century holiday greenery.
OPEN HOUSE AND GREENS SALE
Historic Waynesborough, the family home of General Anthony Wayne, opens its doors on December 12 for a holiday open house and greens sale. Follow costumed guides on a tour of the house, warm up with a glass of mulled cider, and purchase some holiday greens to decorate your home.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
The home that once served as General George Washington's Headquarters was slowly transformed into a beautiful Victorian home. During the Victorian Christmas Open House, visitors are treated to bell choir performances, living history interpreters, clear toy candy demonstrations and a visit from a Victorian Santa Claus.
POTTSGROVE MANOR BY CANDLELIGHT
In Colonial America, Twelfth Night was one of the largest celebrations in the calendar year. During the candlelight tours at the historic Pottsgrove Manor, the holiday comes back to life through costumed interpreters. Open-hearth cooking demonstrations and kids' crafts will also be featured.