The Governor Wolf Historical Society will open six private historic homes and four early buildings for the 38th Annual Christmas House Tour 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 1890 Victorian home is in the heart of Nazareth. The living room, dining room and music room have decorative oak floors, pocket doors, French doors and a window seat. The kitchen has been updated with tile counter tops, an island, and a large window with shelf above. On display will be a tintype photo of the house as it looked in the early 1900s. The second floor is now a den, two bedrooms, office, laundry, bath and balcony. The refinished attic is a quiet visitor’s suite with heart pine floors, bath and ‘tower’ with window seat.
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 an 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. No parking or admission fee. A free-will donation may be dropped into our “Preservation Jars,” if you wish. The Daily Grind in the Schoolhouse Café will offer food to take with you on the tour, or to enjoy there. There will also be quality crafters selling their wares and fresh greens for sale. In addition to selling fresh wreaths and swags this year, the historical society will be holding a Fresh Wreath Making Class- Monday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Complete a large fresh wreath with a bow of your choice for $25. Sign up by calling 610-837-7078 and leaving a message, or while visiting the campus.
Ticket books are available- $25 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, Bath Drug on RT 512 and Snow Goose Gallery at 470 Main St., Bethlehem.