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. 

SPECIAL EVENTS
 

The Keith House at Graeme Park

HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE & BEER TASTING

December 7
Hope Lodge

Come take a self-guided tour of Hope Lodge decorated for Christmas, enjoy holiday music, train displays and much more! Reduced admission charged. After the tour, join us for tastings of craft beers in our Colonial Kitchen (additional charge) for adults 21 and older.

JJA

Holiday Open House at John James Audubon Center

December 8
John James Audubon Center

Come celebrate the holidays at their Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 8! Explore Audubon's first home in America, decked out for the holidays. Free from 1 pm to 4 pm, take in the beauty of the historic home, discover the galleries of the all-new John James Audubon Center, enjoy some festive treats in our classroom, and take your turn at one of the several holiday crafts we will be making in our newly opened JJ's Studio! Meet one of our very special bird ambassadors during our Feathered Friend Meet-and-Greet. The museum will be open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, but free admission is restricted to the event time of 1 pm to 4 pm. 

  • A craft-focused space for guests of all ages, but targeting children, students, and families
  • Each weekend will feature 2 signature self-guided crafts; craft instructions will be provided on our chalkboard, as well as laminated versions on each table; craft supplies will be set up in the same space (we hope to have instructor-led craft programs in the future, but that is still TBD as we are still in the process of hiring a new educator)

Peter Wentz Holiday Tour

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 7
Last tour begins at 8:30 pm.
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

HOLIDAYS AT HOPE LODGE & BEER TASTING

December 7
Hope Lodge

Come take a self-guided tour of Hope Lodge decorated for Christmas, enjoy holiday music, train displays and much more! Reduced admission charged. After the tour, join us for tastings of craft beers in our Colonial Kitchen (additional charge) for adults 21 and older.

Historic Trappe Candlelight Tours

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 7 & 8
Historic Trappe

Pennsylvania German Christmas traditions are highlighted during the candlelight tours of the Henry Muhlenberg House in Historic Trappe. On Sunday, December 8, 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.

Pennypacker Mills Victorian Christmas

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

December 14
Pennypacker Mills

Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at Pennypacker Mills. The December 14 open house includes visits from a Victorian Santa Claus, bell choir performances, and living history programming.

Hope Lodge Christmas

GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS

December 7
10 am - 4 pm
Hope Lodge

See Hope Lodge in all of its seasonal brilliance on December 7. Guided holiday tours will be offered between 11 am & 5 pm. Join them after for a craft beer tasting in their colonial kitchen (additional charge).

Morgan House Holiday

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 7
3 pm - 7 pm
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 7 while the home is decorated in its finest 18th Century holiday greenery. (Snow date on Sunday, December 8)

Candlelight Pottsgrove

POTTSGROVE MANOR BY CANDLELIGHT

December 15
Pottsgrove Manor

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.

Valley Forge March In Candlelight Tours

MARCH IN OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

December 19
6 pm - 8 pm
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.

ON-GOING EVENTS
 

Pennypacker Mills

HOLIDAY TOURS

November 26 through January 5
Pennypacker Mills

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

TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS

November 29 - January 5
Pottsgrove Manor

Learn about holiday traditions of England and Colonial America during Pottsgrove Manor's Twelfth Night Tours. Starting November 23, the historic home will be adorned in seasonal decorations, and tours will focus on the history of the holidays.

Revolutionary History in Montgomery County

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