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Christmas events planned at Historic Lyme Village

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

BELLEVUE - The volunteers of Historic Lyme Village, located in Bellevue, invite you to step back into the 19th Century for the annual Christmas events at the village.

There are only three dates for public tours. An admission fee is charged to these family-oriented events and visitors are to enter at the Ohio 4 entrance at the Visitors Center. Walking is required outdoors so dress appropriately. Events may change or be canceled due to inclement weather, so call (419) 483-4949 for updates.

The museum is located at 5001 Ohio 4, just four miles south of Ohio Turnpike exit 110, or just north of U.S. 20.

The Candlelight and Lantern Tour is slated from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Visitors tour various buildings, including the 1882 Wright Mansion, which is authentically decorated in 19th Century style and lit by the ambient light of candles and lanterns. At each stop, costumed re-enactors portray early settlers and a taste of pioneers foods will be provided along with musical entertainment.

The afternoon tours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec 16 and again Dec. 29. Visitors will be greeted by Father Christmas on Dec. 16 in the Merry Schoolhouse. Be sure to bring along your letters to Santa. In addition to the one-room school, the Detterman log church, three log cabins and the Wright Mansion will be included in the tours. Learn about 19th Century arts and crafts and enjoy musical entertainment on both days also.

The highlight of all three events is the 1882 John Wright Mansion, the centerpiece of the village and the museum's main attraction. The Mansion is decorated each year by the volunteers of The Victorian Guild using antique and recreated Victorian-era decorations used in the manner as they would have been used in the 19th Century.

The Victorian Guild meets year-round to work on new projects for each Christmas' decor, which are displayed differently each year. Along with the visual "candy" that IS Victorian decoration, the members of the Guild will be on hand at each event to explain how and why certain decorations were made. For more information about The Victorian Guild, e-mail Carolyn Huffman, guild coordinator, at victorianguild@mac.com.

Just as The Victorian Guild is made up of volunteers, the museum is likewise totally staffed and all the events run by volunteers, as it has been since Historic Lyme Village was founded 30 years ago. More volunteers are needed to keep these events going and to perhaps add even more events to the museum's calendar in the future. Anyone who would like more information on how to help "preserve the past for the future" is asked to visitwww.lymevillage.com or call (419) 483-4949.

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