November 6, 2012
SOCIETY ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR ANNOUNCED!”
SOUTHOLD, NY. With Santa
and his elves in the old Pine Neck Barn and the
blacksmith beating away in the Cleveland-Gagen
Blacksmith Shop it must be time again for the Annual
Candlelight Tour and Tree Lighting at the Southold
Historical Society. The Tour takes place the day after
Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012, from 3 until
6 pm at the Society’s Maple Lane Museum Complex in
“This is one of the most fun and
entertaining events of the year,” stated Society
Director Geoffrey K. Fleming, “It gives the Historical
Society a chance to show off the great ingenuity and
decorating expertise of its volunteers,” he continued.
Each year a different group of local residents decorate
the various areas of the Museum Complex.
The Tour is as exciting for
children as it is for the adults. Each period building
is expertly decorated and arranged for visitors.
Carefully placed candles and lanterns light the way
through the grounds where tour guides in period hat and
costume help the visiting public maneuver between the
many buildings. While adults marvel at the decorations,
children patiently await their visit with Santa, who is
aided by his elves in the Pine Neck Barn.
Each year the Candlelight Tour is
different, and no two buildings are decorated in the
same manner. Greens, swags, and red holiday ribbons
flow over the mantels and furnishings in each of the
historic buildings on the Tour. In addition to these
decorative treatments, special Holiday themed objects
from the Society's rich collections will appear in these
At the Thomas Moore House early
Christmas traditions and period music dominate the cozy
interior. At the Ann Currie-Bell House there will be
demonstrations of traditional holiday craft making,
including embroidery, rug hooking, and knitting. In the
Bay View Schoolhouse the old fashioned cast iron stove
will rumble away as children seated nearby create custom
ornaments to decorate the school tree.
Musicians stroll the grounds in
period costume while visitors wander between the many
other buildings, including the Print Shop, Blacksmith
Shop, Corncrib, Icehouse, and others.
A special group of
refreshments will be available to all who attend the
Tour in the Pine Neck Barn Annex. The lighting of
the Hamlet Christmas Tree, which is looked forward to by
all, will take place in front of the Ann Currie-Bell
House at 5:00 pm.
At the Society's Prince Building,
located on Main Road opposite Rothman’s Department
Store, the Society’s consignment shop, the Treasure
Exchange, will be open late (till 6 pm) for all
those who wish to shop for the perfect Christmas gift or
holiday item as will the Museum Gift Shop which
is stocked with all sorts of wonderful holiday gift
ideas, including ornaments, books, children's toys.
The Society's new building, the Reichert Family
Center & Cosden Price Gallery, will also be
open for visitors to see the current exhibition of
paintings by Orient artist George W. Hallock
New this year, many of the
village merchants in Southold will also be open late,
with special treats at their locations.
The Candlelight Tour takes place at
the Society’s Maple Lane Museum Complex which can be
reached via Main Road (Rte. 25) in Southold. No
reservations are required and the tour is free to all
members of the public who wish to attend, though
donations are graciously accepted.
For further information on the Tour
and the Society please call (631) 765-5500 or visit us
on the web at
*Please place this info. in your
calendar and/or list of upcoming events*