The Ticonderoga Historical Society invites the public to visit the Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 31.
Each year community organizations, businesses, school groups and clubs assist in decorating the Hancock House by providing a decorated tree, centerpiece, gingerbread house or other festive holiday art. This year, more than 40 trees and displays are in place on four floors of the historic house museum.
This year’s theme is “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” a tribute to the beloved classic poem by Clement Moore. “While many of the trees and displays feature a specific theme or decorative motif, it’s not a requirement to participate,” said THS President Bill Dolback. “To heighten the fun, we have a panel of out-of-town judges who will decide three prize winners, and each will receive a cash award.”
Highlights of the Festival include a room-sized train display, courtesy of the Upstate Model Railroaders, a “reading nook,” that encourages families to take time to read a holiday story as well as a holiday take-away craft for children.
Due to the spike in COVID cases within the region, the open house, typically held on the first Sunday of December, will not be held. The Hancock House will however, be open that day from noon until 4 p.m. for visitors.
The Hancock House is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. “Pop-Up” hours may take place depending on staff availability. The public is invited to call 518-585-7868 to see if the house is open for extended hours or days.
Photo: Barbara Steen of Jay finishes decorating her patriotic theme tree for Hancock House’s Festival of Trees.