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Celebrate Twelfth Night in historic style at General David Humphrey House Museum

Twelfth Night at General David Humphreys House
Twelfth Night at General David Humphreys House
Derby Historical Society

The Derby Historical Society is celebrating Twelfth Night from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 12, 2014 at the historic General David Humphrey’s House located on 37 Elm Street in Ansonia Connecticut.

Dating back to medieval times in Tudor England, the Twelfth Night holiday signals the last day of Christmas merrymaking on the eve of the Epiphany that concludes the 12 days of Christmas. In Ansonia, they have planned a series of festivities to fete the end of the holiday season.

Costumed docents in perfect period dress will escort visitors on tours of this historic gem that is the birthplace of General David Humphrey, a Revolutionary War Officer that became our nation’s first ambassador. The house is a beautifully preserved and maintained saltbox circa 1698. Today the house has been restored to its’ mid.-eighteenth century appearance.

In addition to tours of the house, hot mulled cider and punch will be served along with a buffet and baked goodies featuring items that would have been served during the Revolutionary War. On the menu, visitors will find bubble and squeak, Sally Lun, Hoppin’ John, Brunswick stew and corn pudding. A special highlight of this annual historically inspired event is the spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Weather permitting; participants are invited to go caroling through Ansonia’s historic district with costumed junior docents.

Parking is available in back of the house as well as on street parking on Elm Street and Thomas Street. For more information call 203-735-1908 or visit

The suggested donation for this event is $5 per adult, $3 for seniors and children under 8 years old.

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