Like most people, I spend much of the holiday season trying to create picture-perfect memories for my family. (Undoubtedly, the photo with Santa ends up looking more like child torture, and the photo in front of the Christmas tree always proves that it really was leaning just a little to the right.)
I’m sure you’ve all seen those historic photos of Victorian Christmases. Stately homes all lit up for the holidays, with green garland, big red velvet bows and ribbons, and fresh wreaths adoring banisters and doors. And while my personal Christmas pictures might be far from postcard-worthy, the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo, Indiana is a perfect backdrop for holiday cheer. The Mansion is home to the Howard County Historical Society and is essentially a museum dedicated to preserving local history.
On November 24, Christmas at the Seiberling Mansion will take place from 6-9 p.m. There will be a lighting ceremony, along with carriage rides, visits with Santa, live music and refreshments. You can also tour this historic home. Cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Please call ahead to schedule a carriage ride at 765.452.4314.
On November 28, a new Civil War exhibit opens in the mansion’s breakfast room. A combination of a private collection of artifacts and those gathered from the county museum, the exhibit highlights Indiana’s role in the Civil War and the role several citizens had, including Howard County native General T.J. Harrison.
On December 7, from 6-8 p.m., Holiday Spirits, a wine and beer tasting, takes place at the mansion. In addition to the tastings, this annual fundraiser for the Howard County Historical Society will include food, live music, tours of the home, a special Civil War exhibit and more. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
If you enjoy your visit to the mansion, consider purchasing the 2012 Seiberling Mansion holiday ornament as a memento. It features a replication of one of the distinctive balconies on the home.
The mansion is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in addition to these special events.
Photo courtesy of the Howard County Historical Society.