Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday season and return to a more tranquil time when a brightly lit home full of family and neighbors made for a warm and festive winter’s night?
The Environmental and Heritage Center can provide that atmosphere at the McDaniel Farm, 3251 McDaniel Road, in Duluth.
Become engulfed by the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past as the EHC offers candlelight tours beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and running throughout the month of December. Step back in time as costumed guides share historic customs and traditions from the Victorian period and provide guests with a glimpse of everyday life on a family farm.
“This is a great opportunity to see McDaniel Farm from a different perspective,” EHC programming director Jason West said. “The farm will be aglow with the warmth of candles and will be decorated with fresh greenery and period holiday ornaments.”
Guests will be treated to a delicious cup of hot chocolate or apple cider as well as have the opportunity to make a holiday craft. Sunday evening tours will feature special holiday musicians. Groups scheduled to appear include the Mill Creek High School String Quartet, Britches Full of Stitches, an Appalachian Celtic Consort and Dave and Phoebe Clark, a father/daughter musical duet.
The 1-hour and 30-minute guided candlelight tour will be offered on various dates and times starting Nov. 28. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to the November dates, tours will be offered Dec. 3-4, 6, 10-13 and 17-21.
Tickets are $8 per person for the weekday and Saturday and $10 for Sunday. EHC members are free.
Pre-registration is required and can be done online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.