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Holiday decorating begins at Southern Trilogy Historic Homes
by Joan Durbin
November 08, 2013 10:31 AM | 5315 views | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend | print
November is barely underway, but Christmas is already on the minds of staff and volunteers at Roswell’s three historic museum homes.

This is the time of year that all the holiday decorating gets done. Staff members and volunteers collaborate to give each house its own individual Christmas atmosphere.

This is the second year that Barrington Hall’s interior will be hung with dozens of unique and charming handmade wreaths courtesy of businesses, civic groups and individuals around the city.

“Roswell businesses have contributed homemade wreaths of artificial construction so they will last for many years,” said Barrington volunteer Michael Sternberg, who’s coordinating the Make-A-Wreath for Make-A-Wish program.

Around 55 to 60 will be hung for display and sale to the public.

Individuals wishing to make a wreath to contribute to the promotion are encouraged to call Barrington Hall at (770) 640-3855 and someone will come by and pick it up or wreaths can be delivered to 535 Barrington Drive.

From Nov. 13 through Dec. 30, visitors may browse the festive holiday wreaths displayed throughout this historic home.

Wreaths are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. The wreaths will be priced from $45 to $175.

In 2012 this same decorating program at Barrington Hall raised $3,000 for the foundation.

On the first three Sundays in December, Barrington Hall will offer open house tours with free admission.

At Smith Plantation, the Roswell Garden Club is in charge of the décor. Last year the club won National Garden Club and a Garden Club of Georgia awards for its holiday work at the historic home.

“Images of Christmas is our theme this year,” said Debbie Vann, the club’s president. “I chose this theme in January so that we could be thinking about what RGC members could accomplish in a week.”

Work at Smith began Monday and decorations will extend to the plantation home’s outbuildings as well as the main house.

“The RGC members are very energetic, enthusiastic, and willing to learn and be creative at the same time,” Vann said.

Roswell Garden Club is applying for a $200 matching Community on My Mind Grant through The Garden Club of Georgia. This money will help covered the cost of the Christmas materials for Smith. 

Bulloch Hall will get its decorations beginning Nov. 11 and will be open to the public Nov. 16.

“Our theme is Best Loved Stories of the 1800s,” said Bulloch Assistant Site Director Janice Metzler.

Stories and legends of the past combined with the joys of the Christmas season will provide a delightful experience for children of all ages, she said.

Community groups and individuals will turn the 11 rooms into interpretations of stories from the traditional Hansel and Gretel to the amusing antics of Peter Rabbit.

For information on tour hours and site locations, visit and click on Southern Trilogy Historic Homes in the left side column.

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