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.
A CONTINENTAL CHRISTMAS
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.
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.
HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE
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.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.