Chagrin Falls plans old-fashioned Christmas

December 2, 2017 by  

Locals who might wonder what Christmas was like in the 1890s will soon have a chance to find out, thanks to the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum.

The organization is planning an open house that will relive the days just before the turn of the 20th century.

People who attend the event will be able to listen to music, enjoy refreshments, and decorate gingerbread cookies they can take with them. Judy Roliff will play the hammered dulcimer, and gifts that will be available for purchase include T-shirts, sweatshirts, books, and a painting of Chagrin Falls from the air, by artist John Corrigan.

The museum is currently featuring an exhibit of Chagrin Falls as it was in the 1890s. Among the items on display are clothing that more affluent citizens wore, and “modern” kitchen equipment like grinders and pounders. The display also chronicles important events in the community’s history, like the bicycling fad, a smallpox epidemic, and the development of the Interurban Electric Railway. People who are interested in the exhibit should visit soon, as it closes December 31.

The holiday open house is set for December 9, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Society/Museum on East Washington Street. The event is free to all.

Attendees could use the exhibit as a background for festive holiday cards, which a printer can create using their photo.