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

CHRISTMAS IN THE COLONIES

November 25
Graeme Park

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 Candlelight Tour

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 2
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 2
Hope Lodge

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.

Historic Trappe Candlelight Tours

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 2 & 3
Historic Trappe

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.

John James Audubon Center Holiday Open House

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

December 3
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.

Pennypacker Mills Victorian Christmas

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

December 9
Pennypacker Mills

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.

Hope Lodge Christmas

GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS

December 9
Hope Lodge

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 Candlelight

CANDLELIGHT TOURS

December 9
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 Candlelight Tour

POTTSGROVE MANOR BY CANDLELIGHT

December 10
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
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 21 through January 7
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.

Pottsgrove Manor Twelfth Night Tours

TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS

November 24 - January 7
Pottsgrove Manor

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.

Revolutionary History in Montgomery County

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