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Thomas Bull Homestead opens for the season

December 7th, 2012

Hill-Hold Museum, located at 126 Route 416, Campbell Hall (between Goshen and Montgomery) will host its annual Holiday Opening on the weekends of December 8 and 9, as well as on December 15 and 16, with Saturday hours from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. (noon) to 4 p.m.

“Orange County is part of a rich historical tradition,” said Orange County Executive Edward A Diana. “The annual Holiday Opening at the Hill-Hold Museum offers visitors a glimpse into life on a Hudson Valley Farm in the 1800s, while viewing the festive holiday décor highlighting this special time of year.”

Holiday visitors to Hill-Hold, the 1769 homestead of Thomas Bull, one of Orange County’s founding fathers, will instantly be taken in by the festive decorations adorning the home and grounds. This year’s decorating theme is “Hat’s off to Eleanor Jackson,” as old fashion hats and hat pins will be featured throughout the historic house, and literature will be available of the history of the hat grandma used to wear!

“This event always gives visitors to Hill-Hold the spirit of the holiday season,” said Richard Rose, Orange County’s commissioner of parks, recreation and conservation.

The entrance hall will greet visitors with the smell of fresh evergreens, and the dining room will showcase various hats and pins, while the holiday tree will grace the parlor with a collection of antique ornaments and a vast array of old-fashioned toys. As was the early American Christmas tradition, a small tabletop tree will be displayed in the Hill-Hold west bedroom. In the east bedroom, volunteers will be busily creating crafts in the workroom.

Children will be in the kitchen stringing popcorn for the tree, and holly will be delicately placed along the fireplace mantle and behind every picture. The hearth and bake oven fires will be burning brightly as volunteers bake traditional holiday treats. Visitors may even be able to help with mixing dough or flipping corncakes, and be rewarded with a tasty sample for their assistance.

Hill-Hold’s one-room Goose Town School will offer an opportunity for children to make ornaments to take home and display as a reminder of their visit to Hill-Hold. Mulled cider, cookies, and story time will be offered in the old basement kitchen. To complete the visit to Hill Hold, jolly old St. Nick will be greeting visitors and posing for pictures with children of all ages in the barn.

Admission to the annual Holiday Opening at Hill-Hold is $2 per child and $3 per adult. For more information about the event or the Hill-Hold Museum, please contact Susan Tucker at (845) 615-3833 or at stucker@orangecountygov.com

Special events are co-sponsored by the Friends of Hill-Hold and Brick House and the Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. For more information on the Hill Hold and the Brick House museums, please visit www.hillholdandbrickhouse.org

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