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Experience Christmas Past at Historic Hillforest PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 04, 2012 4:26 PM

Hillforest’s annual Victorian Christmas Exhibit  will run from Tuesday, Nov. 20, to Friday, Dec. 30. 

Every holiday season Hillforest Victorian House Museum takes on the nostalgic feeling of Christmas past as the 1855 home is adorned in traditional holiday décor. 

Hillforest was home to industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family from 1855 to 1891 and is a prime example of Italianate architecture.  Hillforest was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992, and has been open as a house museum serving the touring public since 1956. Located at 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Hillforest offers visitors a glimpse of the lifestyle of a wealthy family living in the Victoria America. 

Guided tours featuring the “Victorian Christmas” exhibit are available Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is 14 and up, $6; students ages 7-13, $3, and children 6 and under are free. 

Hillforest will hold its Holiday Open House from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tour will be led by costumed docents and holiday refreshments will be offered. Entertainment will be provided by harpist, Laurie Stohr, and The Rivertown Players Holiday Choir who will present a concert at 2 p.m.

Hillforest Victorian Tea Times are scheduled for Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13. The event includes a tour of the museum, a three-course tea served in the elegant Hillforest parlors featuring delicious seasonal treats, and flavored tea.  The Victorian Tea Times require a prepaid reservation, which may be placed by calling 1-812-926-0087 or visiting www.hillforest.org.   

Hillforest thanks Indiana Michigan Power, Lawrenceburg, for sponsorship of Hillforest’s holiday events.