Visitors to the Otis House Museum at Fairview-Riverside State Park December 6 through 24, 2019 are invited to enjoy seasonal decorations and learn Christmas customs, lifestyles and history from the Victorian Era through the Great Depression years.
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 that helped shape the celebration. 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.
The special Christmas themed tour is included with Otis House Museum tour, $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.
Museum tours are currently by appointment only, Tuesday through Saturday. Please call (985) 792-4652 to schedule the day and time of your tour.
Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on 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.