Governor Wolf Historical Society’s 38th Annual Christmas House Tour plans are underway. The Governor Wolf Historical Society will open six private historic homes and four early buildings on Saturday, December 1. The homes will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Keep a Candle in the Window”, a German custom that welcomed travelers. The Home News will feature one of the homes each week until tour day.
This week’s historic home is in the heart of the village of Chapman’s. It was built as a “company” home by the Chapman Quarry. The home retains period features such as snow eagles, 6-over-6 windows, wood shutters, front porch and an antique cast iron hand pump. Inside originality abounds as well – especially in the kitchen with original wainscoting and cupboards. Authentic lighting, heirloom pieces and numerous collections make the interior engaging and informative.
On the same day, the Annual Historic Christmas Family Day will fill the campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum hosts a huge exhibit of early lighting with expert Wayne Lauciusto. Historic craftsmen will demonstrate, the 153 Civil War Coddington Reenactors will be encamped. Taste and watch hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, iron crafts, early powder horns and flintlocks, and more, such as pony rides and arts and crafts for children. Make this a yearly family destination. There is no parking or admission fee. A free-will donation may be dropped into our “Preservation Jars” if you wish. There will also be quality crafters selling their wares and fresh greens for sale. The Daily Grind in the Schoolhouse Café will offer food to take with you on the tour, or to enjoy there.
Ticket books are available- $25 in advance and $30 day of tour. Booklets will be sold at S. Seem Antiques in Bath, Miller Ace Hardware on RT 329, Curt’s Cyclery in Nazareth and Bath Drug on RT 512.