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. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

A CONTINENTAL CHRISTMAS
November 26
Graeme Park

Graeme Park

More than 2,000 soldiers made winter camp at what is now Graeme Park between December 1777 and January 1778. This free living history program brings that time to life with reenactments and special programming.

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CANDLELIGHT TOURS
December 3
Peter Wentz Farmstead

Peter Wentz Farmstead Candlelight tours

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.

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HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE
December 3
Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge Christmas

Hope Lodge opens its doors for a holiday celebration on December 5. The home will be decorated for the holidays with special entertainment and events throughout the day.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
December 4
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Mill Grove Christmas

It's a celebration of John James Audubon's love of nature during the annual Holiday open house. Audubon's former home is decorated for the holidays, inside and out. Come see it in all its splendor, enjoy refreshements, games and crafts, and meet the Mill Grove owls.

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CANDLELIGHT TOURS
December 10-11
Morgan Log House

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 10 and 11 while the home is decorated in its finest 18th Century holiday greenery.

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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
December 12
Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills Winter

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.

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POTTSGROVE MANOR BY CANDLELIGHT
December 13
Pottsgrove Manor

Pottsgrove Manor Open Hearth Cooking

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.

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MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
December 19
Valley Forge National Historical Park

March In

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.

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ON-GOING EVENTS

HOLIDAY TOURS
November 24 through January 10
Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills Holiday

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

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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. 

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