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Step back in time

Victorian Christmas Open House & Horse-Drawn Trolley Tours Dec. 6

Photos submitted to Times Observer Horse Drawn Trolley Tours.

The Warren County Historical Society invites you to step back in time and experience a Christmas of yesteryear at the Victorian Christmas Open House & Horse-Drawn Trolley Tours on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The feeling of Christmas can be felt instantly throughout the historic Struthers-Wetmore-Schimmelfeng House, now home to the Warren County Historical Society, as the sights and sounds of the holiday season fill the elaborately decorated mansion. Decorated by the Warren Garden Club, the warm house will transform you back to Christmases of years gone by. Multiple Christmas trees on both the first and second floors are lit and embellished with vintage ornaments, and decorations throughout the building accent the architecture of the historic home.

The lyrical sounds of the talented Youngsville High School string orchestra will set the tone as they play holiday pieces in the spacious front parlor, and the music of John Bowler will add to the ambiance as he plays an antique parlor guitar in the upstairs Victorian parlor.

Children are invited to string popcorn, an old-time Christmas tradition, as they sit around one of the many Christmas trees. Refreshments will be provided by Kinzua Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center and AseraCare Hospice.

The historical society’s signature horse-drawn trolley tours will feature stories that will evoke memories from times gone by. As you take the brisk ride through the peaceful streets of Warren’s historic district, the guide will tell tales that will take you back to a time of one-room schoolhouses where students huddled “Around the Coal Stove” and through the history of the schools long-gone. Hear about the tavern that

held classes for young children, the shenanigans pulled by prankster pupils, or the now-gone neighborhood school that your grandparents attended.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Victorian parlor tree and fireplace.

Tours begin at 7 p.m. Trolley tickets are $7 per person — first come, first serve — and are available at the Warren County Historical Society. Advanced purchase is recommended. The final trolley departs at 8:30 p.m.

Unique Christmas gifts such as books, DVDs, maps, playing cards, t-shirts, and more are available for purchase throughout the season and at the open house. The Warren County Historical Society is located at 210 Fourth Avenue, Warren, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (814) 723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org or find Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Warren’s old schools (Warren High School).

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