Three of Kentucky’s most famous historic homes will offer tours this Christmas season. Visitors to My Old Kentucky Home, Waveland, and White Hall will get the chance to view the homes decorated in the historic style of the era.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park, in Bardstown, holds its annual Christmas candlelight tours now through December 14. The tours will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Federal Hill, the Georgian-style mansion that was the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s famous song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” will be decorated in much the same way as it was in 1852 when Foster visited his cousins, the Rowans.
Elaborate period holiday costumes, music, and traditional refreshments will be available nightly. The park’s gift shop will also be open during the tours for unique Kentucky handmade crafts and other gift ideas.
Cost for the tour at My Old Kentucky Home is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and military, $3.50 for children 6-12, and free for children under the age of six.
For more information, call the park at (502) 348-3502.
Waveland State Historic Site, in Lexington, will hold their traditional candlelight tours on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; cabin tours will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Built in 1847, Waveland is the Greek-Revival mansion of Joseph Bryan, the grandnephew of Daniel Boone. The home will be decorated for Christmas in the style of the 1840s and 1850s. Also, singers in antebellum costumes will perform Christmas carols from the era.
Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, and $4.00 for students of any age; children younger than school age are free. Visitors are also encouraged to bring cameras for pictures of the family in a sleigh. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call the park at (859) 272-3611.
White Hall State Historic Site, in Richmond, will celebrate A Victorian Christmas with tours on December 6 and 7 and again on December 13 and 14. The self-guided tours will begin at 6:00 p.m. each evening and will run through 8:00 p.m.
The home of newspaper publisher and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay, White Hall is a 44-room Italianate mansion built in 1799. The home will be brightly decorated in true Victorian fashion of the 19th century.
During the Victorian era, businesses were starting to cater to the commercialization that has become a modern day Christmas tradition. A newspaper editor of the time wrote, “One-half of the populace seems possessed with the desire to purchase all the thinks the other half has to sell.”
Admission to White Hall for this event is $10.00 and includes light refreshments. Tickets are available at the welcome center.
For more information, call the park at (859) 623-9178.
Tours of Kentucky’s historic homes decorated for the season will provide wonderful opportunities to make family memories.