Allison-Antrim Museum



Heritage Christmas at Allison-Antrim Museum


~ Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

~ Members of the board of directors will be hosts and hostesses. Weather permitting, luminaries will guide the way to the front-door entrance.


~ In the historic 1860 Alexander & Martha Irwin home, we welcome mother and daughter, Pat and Victoria Beard, and Connie Bishop, Greencastle-Antrim natives. Pat is an artisan, weaver, and musician, and is very involved in 42 West ARTS Co-op, an art and craft co-operative gallery at 42 West Main Street, Waynesboro, which features the work of artists and craftsmen from the greater-Waynesboro area. Victoria graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and is an attorney and musician. Connie is a retired elementary teacher from the Waynesboro Area School District.

~ Pat and Victoria, on clarinet, and Connie, on bass clarinet, will play a variety of music from the Civil-War era, Celtic music, and traditional Christmas music in the large parlor of the historic Museum house to welcome guests, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

~ Light refreshments will be served in the Museum house.


Experience this historic Civil-War era home after dusk in the low light of the evening.

Find out how your ancestors might have celebrated the Christmas holiday during the American Civil War, visit the historic 1860 museum house, which will be decorated as homes would have been during the mid-Victorian period. A one-horse sleigh on The kitchen porch, arrangements in the Victorian concrete urns and Della Robbia fruit in the transom of the front door will welcome guests. Roping on the banister, fresh evergreens, boxwood, and a Christmas tree, decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. The epergne on the hall table, which was used in the McLaughlin Hotel (the former Antrim House) for their guests during the first half of the 20th century, will be used in a traditional way to display fruit. Bonnie Shockey, president of the museum, will be dressed in Civil War period attire, as the lady of the house, Martha Irwin, may have been in 1860. An 1800’s one-horse, drawn sleigh, made in Mercersburg, will be displayed on the kitchen porch. The dining room, parlors, children’s bedroom, and master bedroom are all furnished with period donations and the floors are covered with oriental rugs, also donations to AAMI. Upstairs, in the children’s room, are the late 19th century toys that belonged to the Carl family, of Carl’s Drug Store. The Carl family toys are made of tin, wood, cardboard, papier-mâché, and plaster of Paris. Antique dolls are also displayed.


2nd Annual Paint Your Own Ornament Class

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December’s special rotating exhibit will be vintage Santa Clauses and Snowmen.


Vic and Sherry Moon, State Line, will be sharing their 1940s/1950s era Santa Clauses and snowmen.

If you’re a Boomer this collection will bring back sweet memories that you can now share with your children and grandchildren.


This exhibit will be displayed in the South Exhibit Bay in the German Bank Barn from Friday, December 7 to December 24, when the exhibit closes.



New this year: The 1st Silent Auction of Themed Christmas Trees

Friday, December 7 through Friday, December 14, in the German Bank Barn

~ Businesses and foundations from the Greencastle-Antrim area will have themed trees

(some with gift certificates) on display in the center bay of the Barn. Vote on your favorite

tree and bid in the silent auction to win one of the trees. All proceeds benefit Allison-

Antrim Museum.

Growing with Music

~ On Friday, December 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, the Growing with Music school will be

performing Christmas music in the Barn, for visitors.

~ Hot chocolate and cookies will be available,

~ after which, you can get your picture taken with the Grinch.




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