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FREEPORT, Ill. — A Victorian Child’s Christmas will be the theme at this year’s Annual Christmas Tea at the Stephenson County Museum Sunday, Dec. 2. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 1440 S. Carroll Ave., Freeport, Ill. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Christmas cookies, tea, coffee and punch will be served in the 1857 Oscar Taylor Home. Victorian-era toys and children’s artifacts will be displayed as if the visitor had just dropped in on the Taylor family in about 1890.
Noah Watson and Maggie Davidson will take turns providing background Christmas music during the event. A new feature of this year’s Tea event will be a bake sale where the Stephenson County Historical Society will offer a variety of baked goods.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to see the newly renovated child’s room, as well as the Victorian bedroom that has recently received newly donated Victorian furniture.
At the end of the event, the Historical Society will hold the drawing for a hand-sewn quilt donated by Cathy Finch. Raffle tickets will be sold in the Gift Shop until the time of the drawing.
The society’s Gift Shop will be open during the event, featuring a donated collection of Beatrix Potter character figurines. These are being sold as an additional fund-raiser. The Gift Shop will also offer the ever popular Pretzel Christmas ornaments, Rawleigh products, and an assortment of books on local history.
Posted Nov. 29, 2012