Experience Christmas past with a touch of present at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s 11th annual Christmas Past and Present on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at their living history museum located at the Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 North Main Street in Baytown.

The 1894 one-room Wooster School, 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, and post and beam barn will be adorned in traditional and modern-day decorations.

Chuck Chandler, vice president of the Baytown Historical Preservation Association, will welcome visitors with seasonal music played on his fiddle while strolling the candlelit pathways leading up to the historic structures.

According to the late Alice Brown Collins, who attended the Wooster Schoolhouse and was a favorite teacher of many at David G. Burnet Elementary, the little one-room school at Christmastime always had a huge decorated cedar tree on the stage.  In her memory, the Baytown Historical Preservation Association continues this tradition with a tall fresh Cedar tree festooned with decorations appropriate to the era.

Children will have fun making Christmas crafts and having their faces painted in the 1898 Bert Brown House which was the childhood home of Mrs. Collins.

Visit the 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse for a wonderful and cozy Christmas feeling of generations past with period decorations and costumed docents.

Santa Claus will once again be in the barn from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to listen to the children’s wish lists so bring your camera to capture that special moment.

Miss Bobbie (Barbara Winston) will be reading “The Legend of the Poinsettia” in the parlor of the 1910 John C. Sjolander House.

If you are looking for a special gift with a Baytown connection, stop by the gift shop in the barn where they will be selling BHPA’s limited edition tree ornaments depicting structures of historical importance in the Baytown area; ballpoint pens made out of pruned limbs from the Texas Avenue Oak Tree; and copies of “Baytown, the Yesteryears,” a collection of some of Wanda Orton’s favorite articles that have been published throughout the years in “The Baytown Sun.”

Christmas Past and Present, a free community event, is the perfect place for families to celebrate the holiday season.

For more information about the Baytown Historical Preservation Association or this event, call 281-421-2099 or visit www.baytownhistory.org.

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