Farm museum plans its holiday tour and festivities

November 20, 2005

The towns of Carroll County will be featured in this year's theme, "Heritage Holiday Happenings," at the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual holiday tour.

Each room in the 1850s farmhouse and the large hall display case will be named after a town in the county. Rooms will be festively decorated for the season, and costumed tour guides will highlight holiday happenings and activities taking place in the towns during this holiday season.

The large hall display case will contain artifacts from the Wheeler Museum.

The "Sleigh Bell Cafe," located in the heated and handicapped-accessible lower level of the Administration Building, will be open for food sales.

The tour includes Santa Claus visits, artisan demonstrations and wagon rides, for an additional cost, on weekends.

The gift shop will be open, stocked with holiday items for decorating and gift-giving, including stuffed animals from Gund and Ganz, hand-crafted items made by Farm Museum artisans, unique holiday ornaments from various countries, and the Farm Museum's 2005 hand-painted collectible ornament.

A tree-lighting ceremony and carol singing will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

This year's Holiday Tour will be open Dec. 2, 3, and 4 and Dec. 9, 10 and 11. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Entry fee is $2.50 per person, and free for children age 6 and younger with a paying guest.

In conjunction with the holiday tour, the Farm Museum will hold its holiday teas. Tea seatings will be held at noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. The cost is $10 per person and includes sweet treats, your choice of a variety of teas, holiday music and a guided tour of the Victorian-era decorated farmhouse.

The Museum Gift Shop will be open for shopping after each tea.

Limited reservations are available each day. Registration and prepayment are required. Groups of eight or more can reserve a time slot for a private tea. Smaller groups may be seated with other guests.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-3880.

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