At Home with the Tredwells: A 19th Century Christmas

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Merchant's House Museum

Step back in time to the 1850s and join Seabury and Eliza Tredwell as they celebrate the season with elaborate holiday parties, festive food, and gift giving. Their elegant parlors are decorated with swags of evergreens, brilliant holly berries, white mistletoe, and red-leafed poinsettias – and a table top tree festooned with ribbons and candles. In the kitchen, the Irish servants are preparing the plum pudding, shucking the oysters, and readying the punch bowl. Upstairs in the bedrooms, the gifts for relatives and friends are set out and the Tredwell daughters are dressing in their finest silks.

Discover how many of our modern holiday traditions, from table-top Christmas trees, to presents and stockings, Christmas carols and songs (and Santa Claus, too) originated in mid-19th century New York. Included with regular admission.

OPEN Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.
Guided Tour, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
(In October, November, and December, the Museum closes at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.)

Friday to Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Guided Tour, 2 p.m.

Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and major holidays

Pricing:

  • General $15
  • Students $10
  • Seniors (over 65) $10
  • Children (under 12) FREE
  • Members FREE

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