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Black House gets festive
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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house … are the famous words from a poem believed to be written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823. The poem has been called the best-known verses ever written by an American.
The historic Black House is being decorated for the holiday season with the poem’s words in mind. Each room will feature some aspect from the poem, with decorators using dolls, lights and assorted Christmas decorations to give the full effect.
Black House director Jeanette Lowery said, “Our recent Murder Mystery was a huge success, and folks have been asking me to open the house again for tours. I thought this would be the perfect theme for the holiday.”
Downstairs the scene is set with Dr. Black and his family getting ready for Christmas.
The museum room will be filled with gingerbread houses and various holiday scenes.
Carolers will be the focus in the music room, and the Black House parlor will have Mrs. Claus in a chair reading to children lying in the floor. Of course, Santa will be at the mantle putting out toys filling the room with cheer. He will also be in the dining room, enjoying cookies at the table. In the upstairs bedrooms, 11 children will be asleep in their beds waiting for Santa’s arrival. 
A wonderful sight awaits guests upon their arrival to the home — snow! A snow-making machine has been acquired and snow will be on the front lawn right beside Santa and his sleigh.
An outdoor gazebo will be twinkling with clear icicle lights, and the smokehouse will hold a manger scene. 
“I’m so happy with the way it turned out,” said Lowrey. “So many people have worked hard on making it a success and it’s beautiful.” 
The house will open Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. following the downtown Christmas parade, and will remain open until 8 p.m. Other hours are Dec. 2 from 2-8 p.m.; Dec. 8 from 4-8 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 2-8 p.m. Admission is $5, with children 6 and under $1.
The Black House is located at 301 W. Main Street.