An 1850’s Christmas at The Homeplace

Homeplace 1850’s Working Farm and Living History Museum represents a two-generation farm. It features interpreters in period clothing going about their daily chores and is the perfect blend of artifacts, restored historic structures, and traditional seasonal activities. You’ll be transported back in time to relive history before the Civil War.

This Saturday, November 24, from 1 - 4 pm The Farm will be decorated for Christmas season. Wander around and visit the homes to see how the farm family celebrated back in the 1850’s. Learn how to make traditional Christmas decorations, collect recipes for traditional holiday treats to make at home. Then, sit back and relax to the old-time Christmas tunes and stories.

Later, participants can join in singing 1800’s Christmas carols as they usher in Santa Claus’ arrival. Do not miss a visit with good ‘o Santa Claus!

iLearnThe cost for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Adults and children alike can participate in traditional holiday activities, share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus and meet the Homeplace farm animals. Remember to bring a camera to capture the memories.

By the 1850s, many Christmas traditions similar to those of today were firmly implanted in the customs of the early Victorians. Between the rivers, neighbors visited neighbors, relatives visited relatives, and all shared good foods and special holiday treats. Even the local iron furnaces shut down between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Come all ye’ for fun and merriment!

There will be an on-going schedule of Holiday activities between 1 and 4pm. At the Double Pen House visit the kitchen to enjoy sweet treats with recipes for The Homeplace History and Receipt Book. Inside the Parlor make traditional Christmas ornaments and help decorate the tree.


Visit the Tool Barn and capture memories in a setting just right for old-fashioned country Christmas photos.

At the Single Pen House visitors can make traditional Christmas decorations

From 1 - 2pm the mules will be available for a meet and greet at their Mule Pen. But be sure to leave by 2pm and walk to the Double Pen Yard to await the arrival of Santa Claus. To pass the time you will be entertained by story teller Ann Roseberry who will tell tales of Christmases long ago.


Santa Claus Arrives will be there at 2.30 pm. At 3:30pm walk over to the Hog Lot and meet the pigs at feedin’ time! At 4pm the Ox Barn is the place to be and of course, the oxen will be on hand.

Christmas Eve at the Homeplace

You can also attend Christmas Eve at The Homeplace on December 8, from 5 - 6:30 pm. This event is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Join the farm family as they prepare for an 1850’s Christmas Eve by decorating the Christmas tree, enjoying favorite holiday treats, and singing traditional carols in the parlor. Bring your family and help celebrate this holly, jolly holiday. Reserve your spot today! Call 270.924.2020.


Land Between the Lakes

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