Mount Pleasant to celebrate ‘Christmas in the Village’

ANGELA FEENERTY of Martins Ferry poses in the Feenertys’ log house.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Back for the fourth year is Mount Pleasant’s Christmas in the Village. Organized each year by the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant, this year’s event deviates from the last three Christmas tours because the historical society’s Elizabeth House is closed for major restoration.

“Although the Elizabeth House will be closed, we’ve asked local resident Robert Harr to decorate the porch. In place of the Elizabeth House we will have several historic buildings open. We are excited to add more locations and exhibits this year,” said Angela Feenerty, president of the historical society.

A special feature on this year’s Christmas tour is an 1806 two–story log house owned by Feenerty and her husband, Don. Still standing in the same location it was built on 212 years ago, this magnificent structure has only recently been uncovered. The Feenertys bought the house with the understanding that underneath all the many years of siding and home improvements there was a log house.

Visitors to the log house will get to see what living conditions were really like for many locals who lived in such structures in the early 19th century. The Feenertys will also be featuring a collection of authentic Foxfire Appalachian folk crafts and functional art work. Many remember the Foxfire lifestyle books of the 1970, ’80s and ’90s which documented and preserved Appalachian Mountain lore and crafts. Items on display include crafts actually depicted in the Foxfire collection. There is also a 12–foot Christmas tree decorated entirely with dried flowers and grasses from the gardens of Angela Feenerty and Pam Dunn.

In addition to the Feenertys’ log house, the Bone living quarters which adjoin the store, will be open and the society’s Historical Center will be decorated and has exhibits of antique and vintage decorations, toys and cards.

The Friends Church’s Samuel Gill House returns along with the historical society’s Bone Store. The decorators of the Samuel Gill House are all members of the Friends Evangelical Church and are involved in mission and community work. Members of the church are also preparing home-cooked meals.

“Dinner will be available Friday evening, Dec. 6, and lunch will be available Saturday, Dec. 7, both at the Samuel Gill House,” Feenerty said.

On the east end of the village the Presbyterian Church is keeping it all in the family with the Moyers family. Doug Moyers will have an extensive display of four different sizes of model trains, and Brent Moyers will offer mini-train rides. The church will be decorated, and Ruth McElroy Moyers will be playing organ music to add special ambiance.

Dates for the Christmas tour are 6-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The weekend Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14, the historical society will be hosting a Colonial Christmas Tea at the Feenertys’ log house across the street from the Friends church.

Visitors to the tea will be able to try several festive holiday teas and a sampling of baked goods.

There is ample parking in the lot behind the Friends church, and tickets for the tour will be sold at the Friends Church this year instead of the summer kitchen as in past years. There is a cost.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant on Facebook or call 800-752-2631.


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