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Sunday, November 27, 2016

DICKENS 2016 THREE OPEN HOUSES ON MAIN STREET DEC. 3RD

WELLSBORO—During Dickens of a Christmas, visitors are welcome to stop in to get warm and enjoy light refreshments on Saturday, Dec. 3 at open houses at three different Main Street locations. All are free and open to the public.

Owned by prominent local families, the three historic homes have retained their original style and charm even though they have been repurposed.

Tioga County Historical Society
The Tioga County Historical Society operates the Robinson House Museum at 120 Main Street. Punch, coffee and cookies will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 3. Books by local authors will be for sale. In the Victorian parlor are furniture and artifacts from that era. In another room are various items that once belonged to George Washington Sears (1821-1890), an outdoorsman and conservationist, who wrote under the pen name Nessmuk.

Members of the Wellsboro Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be giving away candy canes and American flag pins to those who stop at the museum.

The museum is in the Greek Revival-style home originally owned by the John L. Robinson family. John, president of the First National Bank of Wellsboro and other family members were sleeping upstairs in 1874 when robbers broke into the home through the kitchen. They forced Robinson’s son, Eugene, a cashier, to take them next door to the bank and open the vault. The men escaped on horseback. Two of the robbers were eventually caught and tried.

The front portion of the Robinson home was built about 1834 and the center section, the oldest part, was standing in 1813. At the time of the robbery, the Robinsons had been living there about 40 years.

For more information, call 570-724--6116.

Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home
The Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home at 139 Main Street is located in a private home built by Chester Converse in 1879. It became a funeral home in 1891 and has been one for 125 years. During the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. open house on Dec. 3, refreshments available will include cookies, tea and coffee. Information about the funeral home’s history will be provided. For more information, call 570-724-4637.

Green Free Library
The Friends of the Green Free Library are hosting an open house and serving cookies and hot mulled cider from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the library at 134 Main Street.

An indoor book sale is also being held in the library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 of on Dickens weekend. Gently used, gift-worthy books for Christmas will be available at the sale on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Information about the Friends group and becoming a library patron will be available during the open house. At 2 p.m., the basket raffle drawing will be held.

Mary B. Robinson bequeathed the home as a site for a town library. It was built by her father Chester Robinson and known as Chester Place. Following an extensive renovation, the Green Free Library was officially opened on Jan. 26, 1917 and will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2017.

The Dec. 3 open house will be in the dining room, which Mary added in the 1890s. It retains the original woodwork, built-in bookcases, window seats, fireplace and stained glass window.

Call the library at 570-724-4876 for information.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Is there a single pamphlet or website where everything that is occurring for Dickens 2016 can be located and printed out. I appreciate that it's on Solomons, but I'm finding individual articles and don't want to miss anything.