PINNACLE — Horne Creek Living Historical Farm will once again recreate the atmosphere of a 1900s-era Christmas on Dec. 4 and Dec. 6.
According to Horne Creek Historic interpreter Dale Jessup, the event’s goal is to show participants how the Hauser family, the home’s original owners, would have celebrated the season. Jessup said the farm house will be decorated with period decorations and lit by oil lamps and fireplaces.
“This is a program we have done here for several years,” explained Jessup. “It’s been very well received. Many come every year and they tell us this is how they start their holiday season.”
Jessup said decorations from this historic period consist of simple greenery on the farm house’s mantles with garlands on staircases and banisters. He said a live, native Christmas tree also will be decorated with simple, period decorations.
A variety of holiday activities are planned. They include caroling accompanied by organ music and readings of “The Christmas Story” and “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” Jessup said solo performances by Tom Southern and Eddie and Melissa Carter also will be featured.
He said Southern usually leads participants in carols and also performs a solo. The Carters are known for their singing talent. Jessup said the program’s activities are not geared toward children under 6 years of age. A hearty country meal concludes the evening. He said the meal typically consists of a hearty soup or stew with accompanying side dishes and a dessert.
“This is a program where we require reservations,” said Jessup. He said the 6:30 to 8 p.m. time slots for both days have already been sold out. The other scheduled program times are from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 13 and older will be charged the adult ticket price.
Jessup said tickets must be paid for in advance. Persons wishing to make reservations or get more information may call 325-2298 today as well as Nov. 26 and Dec. 1. The regular hours of operation for the farm are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Horne Creek Historical Farm is located at 308 Horne Creek Farm Road, Pinnacle. It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.