Come experience the ambience of a Victorian-style Christmas at Rose Hill, home of former Governor William Henry Gist and his family. Christmas in early Victorian times centered on family time including a special meal, going to church, and exchanging small gifts. The Gists decorated with evergreens and holly, sprucing up the house and lending a festive air to the dreary winter. In later Victorian times, people created many of the festive customs and decorations of which we are familiar today.
Interpreters will lead special guided walks through the mansion. Get a feel for how Mrs. Gist and her grandchildren celebrated Christmas in the 1870s. Refreshments—including some from recipes of the mid-1800s—will be available during and after the program in the original kitchen located behind the house.Tours will begin each day at 1 pm and run on the half hour through 4 pm.
On Sunday from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. there will be a special appearance by "Father Christmas"