From the parlors to the servants’ quarters to the upstairs rooms, the Clayton House will be filled with activity during its Christmas Open House, Sunday, December 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. The historic house museum, circa 1882 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 514 North 6th Street in downtown Fort Smith.
Student members of the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, which operates the museum, will greet tourists in each room with information on the Clayton family and the featured 19th century furnishings. Santa Claus will hear Christmas wishes and pose for photographs by the Christmas tree in the south parlor. To tunes played on the 1884 piano, guests can view the decorations of each room by five different businesses. A performance of carols by the Fort Smith Chorale will take place in the south parlor beginning at 3 p.m.
Guests can craft snowflake and cornucopia tree ornaments in the servant’s quarters while enjoying cookies and cider. A performance of the “Clayton Family 1884 Christmas Eve” will be performed in the room at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. A table of Christmas decorations at sale prices will be provided by florists who decorated the museum.
All ages can step upstairs to hear readings of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and other Christmas poems and stories throughout the event.
A Victorian Christmas tradition of providing food for charity will be conducted with the collection of canned goods from guests.
For more information about the free event, call 783-3000.