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December 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas at Hearthside

The holiday season is here, and Lincoln’s Hearthside House Museum is offering six openings this month to experience an “Old-Fashioned Christmas.”  One step inside the historic Hearthside House and the beauty, charm, and magic of Christmas’ past comes alive. The feel of a warm and cozy home with a fire in the fireplace, gaily appointed Christmas trees, festively decorated mantels and garlands adorning the staircases and doorways, and a Victorian–style Santa Claus, this elegant 200-year-old mansion welcomes guests for a nostalgic journey back in time.

Exquisite decorations with dozens of twinkling trees and elaborately decorated mantels on all ten fireplaces are displayed in every room from the first floor right to the attic to bring the joy of the season to life for guests of all ages. Volunteers dressed in their Victorian finery will welcome guests with stories about the traditions of Christmas. The festive feel in the house is accented by the sights, sounds and aromas, including holiday music and seasonal treats from the kitchen.

Self-guided tours through the entire house allow guests the opportunity to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the house at a leisurely pace at all four openings prior to Christmas. The season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 4th between 1:00-4:30 p.m. with additional openings on Sunday, the 5th, and the following weekend of Dec. 11th and 12th at the same times.  Staggered admission slots that are reserved in advance help to avoid crowds at any one time.  Reservations and tickets can be made through the organization’s website.

Each opening begins with a special appearance by Santa welcoming visitors from the door of his rooftop workshop in the attic as they arrive. Then as guests tour the house, he will await to hear children’s wishes and to be available for photos to capture the unforgettable moments. For children who are too shy for an in-person visit or those who may not be able to attend the pre-Christmas events, writing to Santa and dropping the letter into the Santa Mailbox located outside the house at the Gift Shop entrance in back during the weekends is another option. Santa will make personal phone calls to answer each child’s letter.

With children as the focus of the holidays, festivities also take place next door at the Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse next door to Chase Farm Park for “Christmas at the Schoolhouse” in conjunction with Hearthside’s events on Sunday, Dec. 5th and the following Sunday, Dec. 12thTwo 30-minute outdoor performance “rehearsals” of caroling and recitals of poems by youth schoolhouse volunteers are offered, one at 12 noon and the other at 12:45 p.m. on each of these dates. Lincoln’s last one-room schoolhouse will be open for touring too. During the 1850s until the schoolhouse closed in the 1920s, children ages 5 to 15 attended classes together in this one-room school. Each year, the students would put on a performance for the community, and this event is a portrayal of what might have been offered in 1871 when Lincoln was first formed as a town.  This charming schoolhouse, also known as the “Hot Potato School,” was moved to Chase Farm Park by the town in recent years and restored by the Friends of Hearthside.

“While Hearthside’s Christmas events are extremely popular, many miss out because of busy schedules. So once the holiday rush is over, there are two more opportunities to visit Hearthside for guided tours by the interpreters in period attire and to still enjoy the decorations with special “Home for the Holidays” candlelight tours given on Tuesday, December 28th and Thursday, December 30th. These two events will be the last time this season that fully guided tours are given. Hearthside is closed during January and February and will re-open in March,” states Kathy Hartley of the Friends of Hearthside.

Advance tickets are required for the Home for the Holidays tours, as space is limited for each tour. Tours begin every half hour starting at 4:30 p.m. with the last one at 6:00 p.m. and last 90 minutes.

To reserve and purchase tickets for any of the openings, visit the website www.hearthsidehouse.org. General admission for Hearthside’s tours is $15/person; $10 ages 10-17, children under age 10 and current members are at no charge. The Christmas at the Schoolhouse program admission is $5. For safety purposes, guests are asked to wear face masks.

The award-winning Hearthside House Museum is located at 677 Great Road, Lincoln, Hearthside is decorated and managed by the Friends of Hearthside, an all-volunteer organization that has worked to preserve the Town-owned historic house and the other historic properties at the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park. Funds raised through the tours and events support programming to keep history alive. For more information, www.hearthsidehouse.org,  email info@hearthsidehouse.org, or call the museum at 726-0597.



December 4, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$9 – $17
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Hearthside House Museum
677 Great Road
Lincoln, RI 02865 United States
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