Museum Christmas

The tradition of decorating the Jefferson Township Museum began the very first year the building was open in 1986. It was simply titled Victorian Christmas.  That first year, Historical Society members sang carols and made Victorian type decorations for the Christmas tree. They opened the building the first Sunday of December offering punch and cookies to visitors. Those early traditions continue to be followed by present day members and friends of the historical society and the Museum Garden Club. Each year a theme is selected and researched for its historic significance to the period of the Museum. Most of the decorations are hand made by volunteers working months prior to the event. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is set aside for decorating the exterior of the building and the grounds. Every room is elaborately decorated according to the selected theme. Entertainment was added in recent years making it one of the few times the antique melodeon (pump organ) is played throughout the day.  Hot mulled cider is cooked and served from a pot bellied stove outside on the banks of the brook. The Museum is now open the first weekend of December for this event.


Museum Christmas Weekend 2016

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will be open for the Christmas in the Villagecelebration.  Opening hours for the Museum for the weekend are 10 to 4 on Saturday, December 3, and 12 to 4 on Sunday, December 4.

“Jack Frost” is the theme of this year’s decorations. Come see the sparking, icicle filled rooms of our Museum. The Museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook. Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Admission to the Museum is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items, jewelry, and gift items will be offered for sale at reasonable prices for your holiday shopping.