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Wilderness Road museum offering traditional Christmas with Hillcrest fundraiser

By AUSTIN ADDAIR

Museum intern

 

Wilderness Road Regional Museum will celebrate a traditional Appalachian Christmas Sunday, Jan. 5, 4-6 p.m., at Hillcrest Farms in Dublin.

The fundraiser to benefit the museum will feature traditional Christmas music by the Newbern Choristers and traditional and contemporary favorites by guitarist Bill Adams. Hors d’oeuvres, Christmas sweets, eggnog, and cider will be served as museum interns Kasey Campbell, Austin Addair and Caitlyn Parker invite guests to tour the historic home owned by Ann Bolt.

John White of Pulaski will provide historical interpretation of Old Christmas. While Old Christmas is not widely recognized today, it was celebrated by Scotch-Irish settlers in the Appalachians on Jan. 6. Historians agree that this Christmas observance follows the Julian calendar, which was used in Great Britain until 1752.

Many mountain people continued to celebrate Old Christmas, often celebrating “new” Christmas on Dec. 25 and Old Christmas on Jan. 6.  According to old mountain legends, the animals in the barn or field would kneel in prayer on Old Christmas Eve, and anyone able to stay awake long enough would be able to hear them.

Reservations are not required for the event. A suggested $20 donation will greatly help the museum in the coming year.

To arrive at Hillcrest Farms, travel north on Route 100 from Dublin; after passing New River Community College and Rockwood Manor on the left, turn left onto Black Hollow Road (State Route 636). Turn right almost immediately into Hillcrest Farms.