by Mary Langone
Lead/Senior Tour Guide
Two of the most beloved pieces displayed in the house during the holiday season are our Christmas Tree and Rocking Horse.
The Christmas tree is a replica of a tree that was in the house on Christmas Eve in 1904, during the Upton family’s ownership. Our tree features live candles donated to us by our former curator, the late Alan Collachico. While we don’t light the candles today, they were traditionally lit on Christmas Eve creating a dazzling, magical atmosphere.
The rocking horse dates back to the mid-19th century. It’s painted in a variety of colors and features an open mouthed steed in a galloping position. We can imagine its young owner spending many happy times galloping through the nursery on the way to a great adventure.
Both the Christmas Tree and the Rocking Horse will be on display in the parlor of the home until December 31.archives, collections, objects
This post was written by Ryan Conary