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Lexington County Museum’s “Holiday Open House” shows community an Old Timey Christmas

Experience displays life in Lexington County during the 1800s

Lexington, SC (James Bowers)-The Lexington County Museum on Fox Street in Lexington makes use of some of its many historic buildings to immerse visitors in a world gone by, the pre-civil war period in Lexington County. Each year, the museum hosts several events designed to show attendees what life was like in those days. One such is its Holiday Open House, which takes the participant back to an antebellum Christmas in Lexington County.

According to Lexington County’s J.R. Fennell, the event has been held for over 20 years. Volunteers portray 1800s Lexington County residents who explain to guests how they celebrated Christmas in those days. The property’s buildings are crafted to resemble real 1800s properties, with all of the décor and technology of that day. The experience is one that is not only festive, but educational. New for 2017 was an on-site food truck that fed hungry guests who had gathered to enjoy the event.

At other times of the year, events at the museum include the “Murders and Mysteries” tour, a February happening that showcases the spookier side of the county’s past. There’s also the May “Spring Open House” which showcases bygone trades such as basket weaving and blacksmithing, and a “Family Day” set for June.

The Lexington County Museum also provides daily educational programs to schools and other interested groups and parties. For more information, visit lexingtoncountymuseum.org or calll (803) 359-8369.

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