Early Victorian Christmas at Blandwood

posted on September 3, 2019 by Paislee

Take a step back into the 1840s and tour Governor John Motley Morehead’s family home, Blandwood Mansion, as it’s decorated for the holidays.  Before big box stores, online shopping and even Christmas trees, home owners decorated their homes with what was available on hand.  Each room of the historic mansion will be decorated for holiday celebrations and the Museum Shop will offer historic and holiday items for purchase.

The Early Victorian Period in Greensboro was one of growth and change, as new educational and industrial opportunities brought a greater diversity of traditions and customs to the region. During this period, holiday festivities evolved and changed as modest “backwoods” practices began to embrace national and international traditions. Explore Blandwood to learn about evolving mid-nineteenth century holiday traditions. The mansion is fully decorated in local and period greenery, as if prepared for a grand Christmas Ball! Guided tours are offered during museum hours, and group tours are encouraged.

Normal tour hours and admission will apply. Blandwood is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 11am till 4pm, and on Sundays from 2pm till 5pm. Closed all Mondays.

Special Days: The house will be closed Thanksgiving Day; Monday December 23th – Christmas Day December 25th; and Monday, December 30th – Friday, January 3rd. The house will re-open for regular tours on Saturday, January 4th, 2020.

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