Visitors to Otis House Museum December 1st through 23rd are invited to enjoy seasonal decorations and learn Christmas customs, lifestyles and history from the Victorian Era through the Great Depression years.
Admission is $4 per person aged 13-61, seniors aged 62+ and children 12 and younger are listed free on the tour ticket, acquired at the park’s entrance station.
In the parlor, a tree featuring vintage and reproduction hand-made ornaments, candles and popcorn streamers will be displayed. Popular gifts and how they were exchanged will be covered along with many superstitions, myths and the history that helped shape the celebration of today. In the breakfast room, a totally different Christmas tree depicts the Great Depression-era adorned with tinsel and garland, electric lights and fragile glass ornaments popular of that time period. The presentation will include not only how technology changed the dressings on the tree, but the popular gifts and how they were presented.
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.
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.