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10th Annual French-Canadian Christmas at the Alexander Faribault House

Posted on: Dec 2 2016 by admin

christmas-at-the-faribault-house-2016The Rice County Historical Society’s
10th Annual
French-Canadian Christmas
Alexander Faribault House

Friday, Dec. 2: 4-7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 3: 10 am – 3 pm

Please join the Rice County Historical Society for a Christmas Open House at the former home of Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Faribault, located at its original location at 12 NE 1st Ave. in Faribault. The historic home will be open to the public on Friday, December 2, 4-7 pm and Saturday December 3, 10 am-3 pm. For this special event, admission is free!

The house will be decorated with the French-Canadian holiday traditions of the Faribault family.christmas-at-the-faribault-house-2016-3 The family celebrated the holidays in this home in the early 1850s. A traditional and unusual apple wreath will be displayed on the front porch. In the festively decorated parlor on the square Steinway piano, there will be a small decorated tree embellished with red ribbons and candles. The dining room table will be set for dinner with a candied apple centerpiece made with apples donated by Trumps Orchard.

The upstairs portion of the house you can see Mary Elizabeth’s sewing room and the bedrooms. In the west end of the second floor is a museum with Faribault family artifacts as well as the Faribault Business exhibit. Many local businesses are featured in this exhibit, including Nutting Truck and Caster, Brand Peony Farm, The Olympia, and more.

There will also be a special treat of  cookies, and cider. Docents will give tours and answer questions about the home, as well as the life and times of the Faribault family. Live music is scheduled for Friday.