Mansion Museum Gets Decked for the Holidays

There is still time to participate in one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, which is lavishly decorated for the holidays and open to the public for tours through Jan. 8.

Each holiday season since 1973, the Mansion Museum, which was the summer home of wealthy industrialist and philanthropist Earl W. Oglebay, has been trimmed for the holidays by professional decorators and talented amateurs around a holiday theme. These talented decorators carry out the theme in the Mansion’s 13 period rooms, hallways and staircases, using their own unique vision to create stunning results for visitors to enjoy. The decor ranges from simple elegance to the extravagant, and visitors will find decorating inspiration to take back to their own homes.

Sponsored by Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, this year’s holiday decorating extravaganza is titled “A Storybook Celebration.”

Featured rooms and decorators include:

Outside Visitor Entryway, Nicky’s Garden Center

Front Desk, Lendon Floral and Garden

Front Portico and Greenery, Feisley Tree Farms

Hallways and Stairs, Scott Klinkoski and Dick Taylor

Dining Room, Megan Wagner, Jeanette Roupe and Taylr Jenkins, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers

Pioneer Kitchen, Kristin Irwin and Beverly Burke

Victorian Bedroom, Judi and Tom Tarowsky, West Virginia Storytellers Guild

Federal Bedroom, Christine Muldrew, Suzanne’s Fashion Bridal

Sewing Room, Marc and Cheryl Harshman, Harry Java and Tom Wetson

Empire Bedroom, Rebecca and Don Niess, Connie Ahrens

Child’s Bedroom, South Wheeling Preservation Alliance

Library, Mary Dorcas, Washington Questers

Empire Sitting Room, Mary Fahey, Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce

Victoria Parlor, Joan Berlow- Smith and Jenny Jebbia, The Jeweled Bird, Martha Wright and Waller Pool and Spa

Mr. Oglebay’s Office, Michelle Runkle

Game Room, Christie Contraguerro and Molly Poffenbarger

Oval Sitting Room, The Hubbard Girls, Dana, Nancy, Cindy and Mary Paull;

Reception Room, Yvonne Jacobs, Collector’s Cottage

“We are so grateful to our corporate sponsor, the volunteer decorators and our Mansion Museum Committee who make this event possible,” Museums director Christin Byrum said. “They invest so much time and money to transform the Mansion Museum into a yuletide dream. This exhibit is a wonderful example of the power of volunteerism and corporate philanthropy.”

Byrum said decorating a historic building is a quite a challenge. Decorators not only have to incorporate design elements around the holiday theme but also create period-appropriate trimmings for the Mansion, which was built in 1846, as well as take special precautions so that period antiques are not damaged.

“It is a balancing act to ensure that the decorators are provided the means to express their creative vision and fulfill our professional responsibilities as stewards of a historic home and the collections within,” she said.

The Mansion and Glass Museums are open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday- Thursday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m Fridays and Saturdays. Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to allow time to tour. The museums are closed today and New Year’s Day.

Call 304-242-7272 for more information or visit


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