This holiday season, Oak Hill Cottage, a gem of Gothic Revival architecture, invites the community to step back in time and experience the wonder of Christmas as it might have been celebrated in the mid-19th century. Beginning November 19, and running every Sunday through December 31 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, the historical house opens its doors for regular admission, offering a unique blend of local history and festive spirit for a modest fee of $5 per adult and $1 for children.
Special Events to Brighten the Holiday Season
Oak Hill Cottage will not only serve as a seasonal attraction but also as a hub for special events. On December 6, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, a Member Holiday Open House will offer members and their guests a free evening of yuletide joy. For those not yet members, the opportunity to join at $10 for individuals and $15 for families is available, providing a chance to support the preservation of local heritage.
Encounters with History: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Adding to the festivities, the “Ghosts of Christmas Past” event, scheduled for December 2 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, is set to captivate visitors with stories and perhaps a glimpse into the Christmases of yore. The regular admission fee applies, allowing for an affordable and educational evening out.
An Illuminated Journey: Gaslight Tours
For a more atmospheric experience, Gaslight Tours on December 8 and 15 at 7:30 PM promise a journey lit by the soft glow of gas lamps. This event, steeped in the ambience of the era, is available for the standard admission price. Reservations can be made by calling 419-524-1765, ensuring a spot on these enchanting evening tours.
Oak Hill Cottage: A Beacon of Heritage
Constructed in 1847 by John Robinson, Oak Hill Cottage stands as a testament to the past, its presence a contrast against the industrialized backdrop of the growing town it overlooks. The Robinson family, significant to the town’s early development and the railroad’s establishment, left an indelible mark on the local landscape. Today, the cottage remains a focal point, its elevation casting a vision of a bygone era, offering a respite from the modern world below.
As Christmas at Oak Hill Cottage approaches, it’s not just about revisiting history; it’s about creating new memories. The juxtaposition of the cottage’s historical significance with the joyous celebrations of today serves as a reminder of the continuity of community and the enduring spirit of the holidays.
More information is available at the Cottage website, which can be accessed here.
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