Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Liberty Hall Christmas Tour

On Saturday night we went to Kenansville (about 25 mins. away) for the candle light Christmas Tour at Historic Liberty Hall.It was built in the early 1800's, restored in 1964 and has been open for public tours since 1968. I loved it...so many goodies to see, I snapped alot of pictures but some of my first ones were to dark...but still a lot to see.It was cold and rainy....the Confederate Soldiers are guarding the Kenan House.We first entered the music room....every Kean child was expected to play at least one musical instrument. We sang along as a lady in period costume played the piano.We next saw the The ladies parlor which was pink...this is where the ladies would come after dinner to have tea and cookies and gossip I am sure!This is one of the Keanan girls wedding gown.Lot of greens were used in Christmas decorating....they were easy to get, freshen the house and most important ...the fresh greens were believed to keep out evil spirits.A child's high chair.Ribbon was hard to come by...so the more fruit and ribbon you displayed....you showed your wealth. This was a working plantation, so there was lots of food and during the holiday season...plenty was prepared for the guest. Above is a warming closet made into the side of the chimney to keep food warm. They also had these to put the ladies wraps and hats in so when they left to go home they were nice and warm to wrap up in.The main house was very nice...but I loved Martha's house. Martha was the family cook...and they say she could make a biscuit that would melt in your mouth. Martha came as a slave but was later given her freedom but stayed with the Kenan family. Because she loved them and they loved her. I love her little house...this is the inside. It was rainning so I did not get one of the outside >The well...The soliers gather by the fireDo you have some holly leaves....dry one and throw it into a roaring fire. It is said that all your troubles will wash away and your sins of the last year. This is what our tour guide told us as we stood round the fire and he passed the basket of holly leaves around for everyone to get a leave. I had only one thing to say "bring that basket back to me ...I need more leaves!!"


  1. What a wonderful tour! I right with ya...bring on the holly leaves!
    I love the idea of a warming closet! I never knew anything like that existed...but what a wonderful idea!
    Thanks for the tour!

  2. Thank you so much for taking me on this tour, it must have been so nice to go in person.

    I think I'll get Stush to get some holly leaves from our tree:)

  3. Wow what a great tour. This is wonderful and nothing we would ever get to experience in Calif. Thanks...I love this kind of stuff. I'm glad you got to go!

  4. how neat that would have been to tour that..thanks for sharing the wealth..I love the idea of the warming closet and warming your jackets as you left...loved the decor...yeah bring on the basket...:)

  5. That looks like someplace I'd love to visit, and I'm like you, I love Martha's house the best.
    That's an interesting tidbit about the holly leaves...think I'll dry some...well, alot maybe.
    Thanks for the tour.

  6. Wow That was great! Thanks for taking me along! Everything looks great! Makes me want to get the apples and cedar out! Have a great day! Blessings, karen

  7. Love the pictures..I would love to see that place. I need lots of holly leaves...LOL Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful pictures.

    Blessings pam

  8. What a wonderful tour...such a beautiful place to visit this time of year!

  9. How fun was this!
    Oh how I wish I could go see this place. Thanks so much.

  10. Ha,ha,,,I am picking Holyy leaves in Bundles I think for the fire.
    The tour was great,I would have loved to have been there.
    I am glad you take lots of Pictures Because i love all the photos...
    The candle in the pot with green apples looks so effective...How simple is that!

  11. What an awesome palce to visit! I loved Martha's house too! So prim and adorable.

    Have a great week!

  12. Such a lovely way to spend the day! Touring period homes and living history is my all time favorite thing to do away from home. At home I love to stitch and sew.

    I have your name in my cookie jar for tomorrow nights apron drawing. Best wishes!


  13. WOW!! This was great!!! The pics are wonderful!!! Oooh, and I would love to own one of those bed warmers!!
    Thanks so much for lettin' us take a tour!

  14. Wow, that looks like a fun tour. I love antiques and prim decor. check out my blog, if you want, www.houseofmanyblessings.blogspot.com

  15. Wow! What a Kewl Plantation Tour! I just love all the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing. Where are you in NC? I am just over the mountain in East TN. Hugs, Starla :)


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