An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Mittens & Mufflers
Sunday, December 10, 2017
11am - 5pm
Think gingerbread decorating, cocoa, caroling, holiday decorations, carriage rides and home tours. Wear your mittens and mufflers when you attend this holiday happening.
- Enjoy performances by an area school children’s choir, strolling adult carolers, and street vendors. Downtown Columbia will add to the glow from luminaries lining Locust Street beginning at 3:00 pm.
- Ticket holders are invited to stop by the cookie decorating station at Perfect Settings (200 Locust Street) to decorate a Christmas cookie or gingerbread man to take home. This feature is included with the ticket fee.
- Pick up a ticket for a horse-drawn carriage ride at Perfect Settings. For $2 per person, guests may revisit the nostalgia of riding a surrey in the crisp Christmas air. Rides will take a short loop in the historic area of downtown Columbia, returning to the starting point at 200 Locust Street.
- Stop by Columbia Historic Preservation Society (19-21 North Second Street) to see the train display. Bring the children to visit with Santa. Be sure to allow time for the young ones to stop by Santa’s Secret Workshop so they may select gifts for their parents. This feature closes promptly at 6:00 pm so Santa has time to get to the town tree-lighting ceremony.
- Stop by the gazebo in Columbia’s Locust Street Park at 4:30 pm to hear the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas presented by Lisa Greybill, librarian at Columbia Public Library. Linger in the park for the lighting of the town Christmas tree at 5 pm and another visit from St. Nick.
Tickets are available at the SVCC Visitors Center (445 Linden Street) or by calling 684-5249 through December 9. Tickets will cost $12 in advance or $15 on the tour day. Ticket sales on tour day will be held at Perfect Settings beginning at 10:30 am. Advance tickets are also available at the following locations during their regular hours of operation.
- Burning Bridge Antiques Market (304 Walnut Street)
- Columbia Historic Market House (15 South Third Street)
- Columbia Historic Preservation Society (19-21 North Second Street)
- Garth Gallery (22 South Second Street)
- Hinkle’s Pharmacy (261 Locust Street)
- Little’s Beverage (1224 Lancaster Avenue)
- Olde Town Sampler (630 Lancaster Avenue)
- Perfect Settings (200 Locust Street)
Below are homes featured in 2016. Check back for the homes featured on the 2017 tour.
|Home of the Kronenwetter Family – The original section of this Federal-style home was built in 1795 by William Wright, financier of the first bridge across the Susquehanna River and grandson of one of the founders of Columbia. The interior of the earlier portion still features the original paneling, moldings, mantels, floors, and walls as well as one of the best examples of a Chippendale Flying Staircase west of Philadelphia. This home was reputed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.|
|Home of the Patterson Family - This ornate Victorian home was built in 1850, just before the Civil War. Located in one of the oldest sections of Columbia, this home sits in the historic district. The mansard roof lines top 2900 square feet of living space. The home features 12 rooms still boasting some of the original details. Look for original fireplaces and trim that serve as a backdrop for holiday decorations.|
|Regalia Costume Shop, Janet Wood, proprietor - If walls could talk, this handsome brick Italianate mansion could tell a colorful tale. Originally built by lumber baron Abraham Bruner and his wife Sarah Jane in 1870, the home saw the cream of society pass through its doors. Following a brief succession of owners, a fraternal order bought the house for its lodge meetings. Throughout Prohibition the house held the lodge and a boxing ring, and it was one of Columbia’s notorious speakeasies. Many original features, including ceiling medallions, marbleized slate fireplaces, and a brass chandelier, may still be found in the home. Look also for the floor-to-ceiling black walnut Biedermeier-style secretary in the library and an antique organ dating from 1896.|
|Home of Vicki von Shaaf – Located in the historic district of Columbia, this row home built in the Federal style tradition dates from the late 19th century. Shopkeepers, clock makers, boat builders, iron workers, and others have raised their families in this charming neighborhood. The home still features original woodwork including the curved banister and a lovely stone fireplace.|
|Home of Don Haines and David Brumbaugh - The Victorian, Italianate style home was built in 1887 by Andrew Musser. The property was always utilized as a residence, and it is well-preserved. It contains almost all of the original architectural elements such as the tall narrow windows, the front door, and the two stately dormer windows on the top floor which are graced with corbels, a common architectural feature of the period. The interior showcases the original stairway, an archway with a set of pocket doors, original walnut flooring, and most of the original lighting fixtures. The antique living room fireplace was installed later, and it is believed to have been from Columbia.|
|The Inn at Bully’s, Dave Zahm & Sherry Landis, proprietors - The Inn at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub was built in 1903 by A.G Beattie as a hotel-tavern for the thriving mill and railroad town of Columbia. Originally named “Union Hotel” it provided warm, clean rooms upstairs and food and drink downstairs for the many travelers and railroad workers passing through this bustling town. The beautifully carved walnut & chestnut bar was constructed at the planning mill owned by William Wohlsen of Lancaster specifically for the Union Hotel. The tavern was renovated into a full service restaurant and pub in the late 1980s. At that time it was renamed Bully’s on Union in deference to Theodore Roosevelt. The current owners acquired the establishment in 2000 and changed the name to Bully’s Restaurant & Pub. The project was recognized with a Preservation Award in November 2010 for returning the turn-of-the-century property to its former glory.|
|Home of Lisa Kashner – The land on which this home is situated was owned by Mary Wright, a descendent of the Wright family who founded Columbia, in 1873. The land and this Victorian style home were purchased by the Janson family at a public sale in 1899 for the price of $325. The home with 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths showcases many original features. Look for the original chestnut trim, original hardware, interior shutters, and the pocket doors between the living and dining rooms. During a kitchen renovation in 2001, plaster was removed to allow for insulation, resulting in the discovery of newspapers, notes, and coins dating back to the late 1890s and early 1900s. The mantelpiece is also original to the house, and the undated mantle clock was built in the early 1900s to match the mantelpiece.|
|Home of Jeanne and Mitch Cooper – Although listed in the tour booklet, this location was not able to participate in 2016 due to a death in the family.|
|Home of Denise and Gary Brubaker – This home is a collection of old and new décor. Each room is decorated with a different theme. As you’ll see, the master bedroom is Christmas themed and a lower level room is decorated for Halloween, and they remain that way all year long. Stunning hardwood floors flow throughout the home. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is a split foyer that was built in the 1980s, but its history and originality bring charm to this family home.|
Ticket holders are encouraged to stop by the Columbia Historic Market House (15 South Third Street) as part of the tour. Stop here to purchase lunch or to order holiday gifts.
Thank you to our sponsor:
|Luthercare for Kids|