One of my treats this Christmas was a visit to see the houses of historic Greenfield Village decorated for the holidays. We stopped there on our way back home after visiting relatives for Christmas at Greenfield Village.
I love historic sites like this, and when we bought a family membership after visiting last summer (because that was cheaper than buying 2-day tickets), I began hoping it might work to visit in another season.
Our first stop was the home of Orville and Wilbur Wright, moved here from Dayton, Ohio. I was especially interested to see this again, because last summer’s visit inspired me to read The Bishop’s Boys, a book about the Wrights. Their father was the bishop of the United Brethren in Christ Church (the denomination we attend). Although there were 5 Wright siblings, the youngest three (Orville, Wilbur, and Katharine) shared a special bond. They agreed as young adults not to get married, but to live together and just be there for each other. Unfortunately, Wilbur died early (in his 40s), and when Katharine did marry in her 50s, Orville was so upset that he stopped talking with her.
The book detailed their relationship in a very interesting way. Here is their living room decorated for Christmas:
The village has an actual photograph of how the room was decorated during the Wrights’ day, and has reproduced it exactly. Very neat!
We also saw Noah Webster’s house:
One room inside had a unique, totally hand-sewn carpeting:
LOVED this – and can’t imagine how often it must have needed repairing after having shoe heels and the like caught on the little circles. A curator told us a name for this type of carpet, but I’ve forgotten it. Do any of you know?
Of course, no visit is complete without a stop at the milliner’s …
Several of the houses featured women cooking, and I have a whole new appreciation for them after our days without electricity. During those days, I actually wished for a fire, both for cooking and for warmth.
Horses Noah and Webster, ready to take you for a ride. There you are: Christmas at Greenfield Village.
“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
– Edna Ferber