HISTORIC HOLIDAY TOURS
VALLEY FORGE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY
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.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COLONIES
Graem Park's annual Christmas celebration brings to life holidays in the 18th Century with 20-minute candlelit tours. Listen to traditional colonial crolers, see the Tapestry Dancers perform and meet costumed historical interpreters. Beer tastings with Round Guys Brewery and hot mulled cider and wine with Hatboro Beverages are also part of the event.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Soft candlelight greets visitors as they enjoy Colonial music, seasonal decorations farm animals and a visit from a Pennsylvania-German version of St. Nicholas, all in fur.
HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE & BEER TASTING
Hope Lodge opens its doors for a one-day holiday celebration each December. The home will be decorated for the holidays with special entertainment and events throughout the day. The event also includes a craft beer tasting for adults 21 and older.
December 2 & 3
Pennsylvania German Christmas traditions are highlighted during the candlelight tours of the Henry Muhlenberg House in Historic Trappe. On Sunday, December 3, the Muhlenberg House is just one of many historic homes on the Holiday House Tour, which takes guests to historic sites and points of interest in Trappe, Collegeville and the surrounding communities.
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.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at Pennypacker Mills. The December 9 open house includes visits from a Victorian Santa Claus, bell choir performances, and living history programming.
GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS
See Hope Lodge in all of its seasonal brilliance on December 9. Guided holiday tours will be offered at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Holiday cookies and cider are included with admission.
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 9 while the home is decorated in its finest 18th Century holiday greenery.
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 with an encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and a visit by General George Washington.
November 21 through January 7
Experience Pennypacker Mills in full holiday spirit. From November 21 through January 7, the historic home is decorated in Victorian splendor, with glass ornaments, mantle greens and red ribbons.
TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS
November 24 - January 7
Learn about holiday traditions of England and Colonial America during Pottsgrove Manor's Twelfth Night Tours. Starting November 24, the historic home will be adorned in seasonal decorations, and tours will focus on the history of the holidays.