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Historic Lorick Plantation House going back in time to Christmas’ past

Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) This weekend, the Historic Lorick Plantation House, now serving as Lake Murray Country’s Visitors Center, Museum, and Souvenir Shoppe, will take a step back in time to Christmas season 1840. They will hold their Annual Holiday Open House this weekend. Area garden clubs and volunteers including the Coldstream Garden Club, the Newberry Merchants Association & Friends, Pisgah Lutheran Church, and the Saluda Garden Club have been working overtime to transform the gorgeous home into a delightful Christmas haven with period decorations including trees, live and dried plant materials, ornaments, bows, and other period specific holiday decoration. This year the theme is Happy Holiday Sails.

A number of vendors will be at the event selling food and gifts for the holiday season. One of the vendors, Ernest Lee (also known locally as the Chicken Man), an eclectic artist known for his unique creations on weathered wood, will be at the event creating custom paintings for buyers. In addition, the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center has a NEW Souvenir Shoppe with lots of great gifts for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life this season.

Capital City/Lake Murray Country is one of the state’s eleven tourism regions promoting tourism in Columbia, Lake Murray, Lexington, Newberry, Richland and Saluda Counties. Its purpose is to educate people on the merits of visiting this region and enjoying all it has to offer.

The Visitors Center is located on North Lake Drive (SC Hwy. 6) just after crossing the Lake Murray Dam from Lexington at 2184 North Lake Drive in Columbia. This weekend, the Annual Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 9, 10am - 3 pm and Sunday, December 10, from 12 noon until 4 p.m. The best part is that this authentic trip back in the past for Christmas is absolutely FREE!

For more information, visit or call (803) 781-5940.

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