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Country Christmas

December 8, 2016 GMT

Travel back to Christmases past while visiting two historic sites in Switzerland County this weekend during two special holiday open houses. A Country Christmas - an annual holiday event - will be held at the Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead. The one-day event on Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Musee de Venoge, located at 175 State Road 129, is one of the few examples still remaining in Switzerland County of the French colonial architecture often used by the first settlers in the area. The special event at the 1820s home will feature a simple country Christmas. Samples of Swiss Christmas cookies - including the Springerle cookie - doughnuts and deep-fried sweet potato puffs made on the hearth will be available for visitors to try. Music from the era will be performed by Sara and Maynard Johnson and Michael Thompson during the open house. Fresh cedar branches also will be available for visitors to take home for holiday decorating. The holiday open house at the Thiebaud Farmstead - which is located at 5147 E. State Road 56 - allows visitors to view a home showcasing the beginnings of the modern Christmas with a decorated Christmas tree and stockings hung by the chimney with care. A dramatization of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and other tales of the time period also will take place during A Country Christmas at the farmstead. Re-enactors at the 1860s Thiebaud Farmstead will demonstrate hearth cooking and live Christmas tunes and entertainment of the period with be provided by West of Dublin. Tours of the smokehouse and the recently reconstructed hay press barn also will go on throughout the day. Heirloom seeds, local history books, old-fashioned toys and other gift items will be available for purchase at the farmstead during the event. Admission to A Country Christmas is free. Donations are welcome.