Christmastime at the Steadman House

This weekend, the Marcellus Historical Society will open the doors to the Steadman House and welcome residents and visitors to the society's first open house since moving in and having their grand opening in September 2007.

"It was a lot of work because we had thousands of artifacts to get organized so everybody could see our history," said Peg Nolan, historical society president.

The house has been decorated for the season and will be open for the public to tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 13. The Steadman House is located at 18 North St.

"The important thing is to get people out to see what we have," Nolan said. "There is so much history and Marcellus is so fortunate to have this house."

As part of the open house, the gift shop will be open for all who would like to purchase a souvenir or memento of their tour or as presents for the coming holidays.

Nolan said there also are going to be crafters on site and Avon products for sale. She said the people who will be setting their tables up to sell products are those who volunteer frequently.

"I certainly hope a lot of people come out and look at or see what we have on display," said trustee John Curtin.

He added that while there is limited parking on the grounds of the house, there likely will be plenty of parking on the street.

Nolan said that the organization is certainly hoping for a large, steady flow of visitors, and for those in attendance refreshments will be available, and provided by Nojaims grocery store.

The historical society is hoping many members of the community come out to join them in celebrating the holidays at the Steadman House. According to Nolan, whether or not there is an open house next year depends on this year's outcome.

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