Saturday, December 12, 2009

Play it again......Liberty Hall Candle Light Christmas Tour

Good Morning everyone!
Man... time is just flying by to fast!
I have been busy for the last 2 weeks decorating and cleaning. I have seriously downsized my Christmas decor....I have taken 4 big totes to the consignment shop.
My taste is much simpler now. I gotta get some pictures taken and give you a tour.
Joey and I have been married 22 years today!It is hard to believe it has been that long. He is a wonderful husband, Father and provider and I am so thankful for him. We always go Christmas shopping and treat ourselves to a dinner I am looking forward to a day out on the town!
Last year we toured a colonial home here in Eastern NC and of course I blogged about it.....but I know so many more of you now that I thought it would be a good idea to publish it I hope you enjoy!

Liberty Hall 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 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 the more fruit and ribbon 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. Beth,
    Thank you for such an interesting tour. Love the pictures and the little story about Martha. Happy Anniversary to you & your hubby.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Enjoyed taking the tour with you, wonderful decorations and theme.


  3. Happy Anniversary! I hope you'll enjoy your dinner and shopping date!

    Thanks so much for sharing the tour. I enjoyed it...

  4. Loved the pictures. Hope you and yours have a happy anniversary.

  5. Thanks for the tour but I was especially caught by your comments about trying to simplify in decorating this year. Me Too! And it was Hard! The real test will come when I un-decorate and try to decide what stays and what leaves. Any advance on this part???

  6. I remember this tour and I loved it then and now.
    Congratultion on 22 years!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Happy aniversary! Thank you for the tour, the main house was beautiful but I think I like Martha's house best too. I have a holly tree, it may be missing some branches tomorrow. Have a wonderful Holiday!

  8. Merry CHRISTmas! I loved your post! How beautiful!
    We are also going to change a little bit of our Christmas decorating next year, adding more Christ centered decorations but still having fun with some of our tried and true things! Simplifying would be nice!!!!!

  9. I've also downsized a bit this Christmas. But not as much as you!! Good job!! Love the pictures of that little town. Very nice. Happy Anniversary!! We're also married 22 years! Hope you had fun with your plans!

  10. What a great home tour. Things really were much more simple. There were lots of decorations I did not bring out and last year I donated a couple totes, looks like I need to do it again. We really live in a world of too much stuff...I contribute to that, sadly.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year.


  12. Peaking in at your tour and enjoyed the photos. Happy New Year.


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