“Civil War by Candlelight” at Sully

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Another Holiday Adventure at Sully Historic Site

lighted path

We are instructed to follow the Christmas lights up to the house. Our tour begins on the front porch….

Encampment

Along the way, we pass two soldiers camping out on the lawn….

Sleigh

… And we dream of going for a sleigh ride across a snowy field….

ConfederateXmasTree

Even the soldiers celebrate the holiday with a small, sturdy tree….

FrontSteps

We approach the front steps….

SullyWalkway

And look back upon the expanse of the front lawn….

SullyOutbuildings

Then enjoy a glimpse into a few of the home’s outbuildings….

LadyoftheHouse

Until, at last, our tour begins with a greeting from the lady of the house….

HolidayDinner

Her table is neatly set with sugary holiday sweets….

BoardgameintheSalon

We are escorted into the home’s “family room”, where one might play the piano forte or enjoy a board game….

BlockadeAtChristmas

Next, we venture upstairs, where a brother and sister are devising a plan to get Santa Claus safely through the soldiers’ blockade….

HollyArrangements

In the next bedroom, a mother and daughter are arranging holly branches to use as holiday decoration….

BedroomMantel

The room’s mantel is already set with small but cheerful Christmas florals….

SchoolroomDesk

To our surprise, another area of the home is open on this visit. We walk down a small flight of steps into the schoolroom where we find this handsome desk….

SchoolSupplies

There are also a variety of school books set upon another desk, beside a stack of slates….

Today'sLesson

And here’s a handy reference to some information too important to be forgotten….

CraftyGirl

We are invited to create a craft, rolling a sheet of colored paper into a cone and filling it with candy….

SchoolroomMantel

The schoolroom mantel catches our eye before we leave to return to the main floor….

LanternsAlongtheStaircase

We enjoy the glow of lantern light as we descend the staircase….

ChristmasTree

Back on the main floor, we take a closer look at the Christmas tree….

Ornaments1

… noticing a few ornaments….

Ornaments2

… a few more ornaments….

Stockings

… and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

CiderAndCookies

Now the tour is over… but wait! What is that light gleaming in the distance?…. Anyone want COOKIES & CIDER?

 Happy Holidays!

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