Rocky Mount to present ‘Candlelight Christmas’
Published 8:20 am Monday, November 24, 2014
PINEY FLATS — Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum will present “A Candlelight Christmas” 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Tours begin every 15 minutes.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 5-17 years old. Members of RMHA receive discounted admission, and group discounts are available. Reservations can be made by calling 538-7396, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
In this day of a highly commercialized Christmas, a visit to Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum can readily provide a glimpse back to an earlier time when Christmas was recognized simply as the birth of Christ, rather than the shopping frenzy it is today. The “Candlelight Christmas” Living History Tour takes guests through the historic home of Rocky Mount, transformed to Christmas Eve of 1791. They will meet historic interpreters portraying the Cobb family of Rocky Mount, Gov. William Blount and his family, and friends and neighbors.
The historic two-story log cabin and the other outbuildings will be decorated simply with attractive traditional decorations, made from locally available greenery such as pine and holly, and colorful fruits such as apples. Hand-dipped candles, which adorn each room and illuminate the walkways, complete the cozy look and feel of a frontier home in the 18th century.
Traditional music, dancing and heart-warming stories are part of this Christmas celebration perfectly demonstrating that though the traditions may have changed, the “spirit of Christmas” and the warmth of fellowship with friends and family transcends the centuries.
After the tour, which takes about 90 minutes, visitors are welcomed back to the 21st century with a modern reception.
For more information or to make a reservation call 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.
Rocky Mount is a “living history” museum that uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. Rocky Mount is open for tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Living History tours and the facility are available by reservation at any time, including Sundays and Mondays for schools and other groups.
For more information, call 538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.