Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will ring in the Christmas season with a new tradition - on Friday, December 2 and Friday, December 9, Oak Hill’s Historic Christmas Tours will allow visitors to experience the holidays as they were celebrated during the time of Martha Berry’s childhood.
This year, the Oak Hill mansion has been decorated in a manner that the Berry Family of the late 19th century would recognize - decorations reflect the traditions and tastes of the Victorian era, and tours will highlight the customs that would have been familiar to Martha Berry. Guests will hear how Christmas came
to be celebrated in the United States and learn about the unique traditions found in Southern households of the time.
"Martha Berry grew up in the early days of Christmas in America,” observes Rachel McLucas, curator of the Martha Berry Museum. “In some ways, it was starkly different from our own celebrations, but we can see the beginnings of the holiday as we know it in modern times.”
Tours will be offered on two consecutive Fridays - December 2 & 9 - at three different times: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for students, and children under 5 are free. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 706-368-6776 or emailing
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