Historical Society’s Christmas in the Village Returns to Mt. Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT –Back for the third year, the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant is offering a special celebration, Christmas in the Village.

For this year’s event, the historical society’s Elizabeth House and the Friends Church’s Samuel Gill House return to the tour with the addition of two other properties; the home of Gary Renyard and Justin McCrea and the historical society’s Bone Store.

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

“We are excited to add more locations to the tour this year.” said Angela Feenerty, president of the historical society.

“Mount Pleasant is such a special place,” she said. “Everyone who lives here and everyone who visits feels the same. We love to share its history with our visitors. This tour is an opportunity for us to do so.”

Mount Pleasant has more than 40 buildings built prior to the Civil War; four of them will be open to view during the tour.

New to decorating the Elizabeth House this year are Anna Otto of Mount Pleasant; Dezarae Conn, Mindy Michalo and Jessica Glasgow of the Mount Pleasant branch of the People’s National Bank; Cheryl Lefebvre of French Twist Home and Garden, located in Wheeling and Steubenville, and Sophia Isiminger of Colerain.

Returning decorators are Robert A. Harr Jr. of Mount Pleasant, Stanley Grabiak IV of Steubenville, Amanda Keesey of Mount Pleasant, Debbie Meadows of Cadiz, Beth Moore of Windows by Beth in St. Clairsville, Barb Isiminger of Colerain and Angela Feenerty of Martins Ferry.

The decorators of the Samuel Gill House are all members of the Friends Evangelical Church and are involved in mission and community work. Decorating this year are Lynn Barron; Donna Bess;, Sarah Close’ Nina, Dave and Katie Sutherland and Donna Warren.

Members of the church also are preparing home-cooked meals. Dinner will be available Friday evening and lunch will be available Saturday, with both meals served at the Samuel Gill House.

The next weekend, the historical aociety will hols a Christmas tea from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Visitors will be able to view the 11 decorated rooms of the Elizabeth House and try several festive holiday teas and a sampling of baked goods.

Tickets for the Christmas tour will be sold at the summer kitchen of the Gill House, at the corner of Market and Union streets, located next to the parking lot behind the Friends Church. Admission to the tea will be at the tearoom of the Elizabeth House. For more information, visit the Friends of the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant on Facebook or call 800-752-2631.

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