The Bond-Hawley House on 143 Ontario Street in Lockport
The Niagara County Historical Society opened the house to the public on the evening of Thursday, December 4th for Winter's Eve Fest.
I arrived to the beautiful sound of a drummer. A young man named Connor was drumming on the front steps of the house.
My friend and I did a self guided tour. Each room on all three floors of the house was decorated for Christmas.
The nineteenth century holiday spirit was evident all through the house. Seasonal music was offered in the elegant downstairs dining room by brother and sister team Lucas Herman and Sheryl Bates.
I learned that feather trees were popular in Victorian times. Candles were one of the first widely used
Christmas tree decorations but could only be lit for a few minutes at a time while the family stood nearby with buckets of water or sand in case of fire. In the 1830's and 1840's seashell collecting was a popular hobby and often the shells were made into Christmas ornaments.
It was an enjoyable evening full of both historical facts and pleasure. If you were unable to go to this event, the Bond-Hawley House holiday exhibit will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: December 5th, 12th and l9th. If you go, you won't be disappointed.