When you step in the 1810 House, you will know for certain that Christmas time is upon us. With the theme, A Children’s Christmas’ a two-day reception is set for Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The 1810 House, which is the historic home of Aaron and Mary Kinney homestead, is presently filled with a host of decorations to celebrate the holiday season, consisting of dolls, stockings of the Kinney children, and old toys of volunteers.
“On the mantles there are dolls, appearing as old people, and they are hilarious,” Justus said. “Some of the volunteers brought some dolls, and most of them are collectibles, and I brought one of my own. We also have the stockings of the 12 Kinney children are hanging from the mantle, which is very nice to see.”
Decorative Christmas trees are in place, decorated with dolls from a collection of Beatrice and Olvena Evans dolls.
“We have the seven-foot tree with dolls. The four-foot tree with dolls. and there are three small trees, with baby dolls, tiny dolls, tiny toys,” she said. “The dolls are from a collection.
The reception at the 1810 House will be compelling to all age groups, according to Justus.
“We have felt in the last few years the lack of our local history, and the 1810 House is a local museum,” she said. “We are proud of the fact that this was the Kinney Homestead, and is full of very interesting items, and the children will love it. There is something that everyone can enjoying viewing. We just want the community to enjoy Christmas here.”
For more than two decades, Justus said she has thoroughly enjoying serving as a volunteer at the 1810 House.
“This was is my 27th year as a volunteer here. I have really enjoyed volunteering here at the 1810 House, and it means so much to me,” she said.
In addition to Justus, there is currently a total of 15 volunteers at the 1810 House.
“On a work day we work two Tuesdays each month, just trying to keep things in tact, and looking very nice,” she said. “We have the docents, or those who do the tours, and the cleaners. The volunteers who clean spend more time, putting in the work to clean the place clean and free of cobwebs.”
The 1810 House is under the ownership of the Scioto County Historical Society, according to Justus.
“We also have members, but many of our members have passed on, so our membership is down,” she said. “So we are looking to bring in members.”
Justus also said they are hopeful that the community will come out and be a part of the Christmas reception.
For those who desire to make donations to the 1810 House may do so by mail to: P.O. Box 1810, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.
Parking for the 1810 House will be available across the street at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Cancer Center.
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