The Otis House Museum at Fairview-Riverside State Park presents guided tours by costumed interpreters on Sunday, December 16, 2017.
The tours cover five decades of Christmas celebrations. Decorations, customs, mood and history of each decade will be discussed. Visitors will learn how gifts were exchanged and displayed beginning with the Victorian Christmas tree to the moderate celebrations of some during the depression years. Popular toys and gifts of each era will be discussed, as well as superstitions, myths and legends that have led to the celebration of today.
The Otis House will be decorated by the Madisonville Garden Club with fresh flowers, fruit and greenery customary of theme periods. Wassail, a traditional Christmas beverage, and cookies will be served in the kitchen after each tour. Music by Kitchen Session of Baton Rouge will keep visitors entertained with period music on the lawn while waiting to enter the museum.
Tours are 1:00-4:00 pm. Admission to this special Otis House Museum tour is still just $4 per person aged 13-61, seniors aged 62+ and children 12 and younger, free.
Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The museum is regularly open Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm offering regularly scheduled tours on the hour. No noon tour, and last tour begins at 3 pm.
Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on LA-Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The park offers camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, fishing, and Otis House Museum. For more information, call toll free 1-(888) 677-3247 or locally (985) 792-4652.