The Jenkins Homestead will come alive with the sounds, smells and spirit of a colonial holiday on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lansdale Historical Society will host its annual Christmas at the Jenkins Homestead, an event that is free and open to the public. It is the society’s effort to welcome the holidays in a manner befitting of Lansdale’s oldest Colonial-era house.

It will be an opportunity for area residents to experience what the winter and Christmas seasons were like for the first settlers who put down roots here more than 250 years ago.

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The homestead will be decorated in holiday trappings that would have been common for a farmstead in that period - not elegant to be sure, but practical and realistic for a family that depended on the land to subsist.

A special feature this year will be a demonstration of clear toy candy making by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans who has amassed a collection of 400 clear candy molds and other vintage candy making items.

The rooms of the homestead will be dressed up for the occasion, music will be provided and tours of the house will be offered throughout the day. 

In addition, visitors will be invited to visit the adjacent research center where new museum displays will provide a trip back in time to Lansdale’s historic past.

The society will also have many items on sale for holiday giving including the popular Back in Time booklet which was published earlier this year.

The Jenkins Homestead is located at 137 Jenkins Ave., Lansdale, a half-block west of Memorial Park between Chestnut and Line Sts. behind the former McDonald’s restaurant.  (Parking on Jenkins Avenue or at the Memorial Park ballfield lot.)