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Celebrate Christmas at Rocky Mount with "A Candlelight Christmas"

Contributed • Nov 26, 2018 at 1:10 PM

The Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. The Christmas celebration of today is highly commercialized.

Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s “A Candlelight Christmas” tours are a chance to look back at a simpler time and experience a simpler celebration – when people did not count down the shopping days until Christmas and when Christmas advertisements and reminders did not go up in October. Candlelight Christmas takes you to Christmas Eve of 1791.

It is an evening with the Cobb family showing you their home and sharing their holiday traditions with you. Take candle-lit walks through the buildings filled with handmade decorations of greenery as it would have been in 1791.

“A Candlelight Christmas” is a new way to come and see an old favorite. This tour is completely different from our daily tour and captures a different side of life in 1791.

Come feel the warmth of the fire on your skin and the warmth of the season in your heart. Start a new tradition this year by attending our “A Candlelight Christmas” tour.

Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. each day — Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 — and leave the Massengill Museum every 15 minutes with the last tour going out at 8 p.m. Guests will travel outside to get to the historic home and other buildings, so make sure to dress for the weather.

The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half and costs $12 for adults and $8 for seniors. Reservations are strongly encouraged, although walk-in visitors are welcome. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more people. In order to receive group rates, reservations are required. Reservations are now being taken. To make a reservation or for more information, call 423-538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

Rocky Mount is a State-Owned Historic Site operated by the Rocky Mount Historical Association under an agreement with the Tennessee Historical Commission, Department of Environment & Conservation.

Rocky Mount is a living history museum that uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. The site is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with the last tour leaving the Massengill Museum by 4 p.m.

Living history tours and the facility are available by reservation at any time, including Sundays and Mondays for schools and other groups, with advance reservations. For more information, call 423-538-7396 or visit  www.rockymountmuseum.com.

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