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Festival of Trees set at Hancock House

TICONDEROGA - The 19th annual Festival of Trees, a holiday tradition in Ticonderoga, will again be held at the Hancock House.

The Ticonderoga Historical Society each year asks local groups are invited to decorate the Hancock House with a tree, centerpiece, gingerbread house, cookie tree or any other type of festive decorative art in a traditional theme.

The trees will be placed on display through the end of December.

An open house to show the holiday decorations will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.

For information call Robin Trudeau at the Hancock House at 585-7868 or contact Beth Iuliano at 585-7030.

"Gather with your friends, listen to live beautiful holiday music in our parlor and enjoy tasty homemade goodies as we celebrate the season together," said June Curtis of the historical society. "This is our opportunity to say thank you to all of our members, friends in the community, volunteers and visitors for your support throughout this past year. Tour our magnificent building and view the many beautifully decorated trees, stop in the Post Office Gift Shop to fill your Christmas list and enjoy the spirit of this wonderful time of year."

Santa will attend the open house to meet with children.

Red Hawk, an Abenaki Indian, will greet visitors upstairs in his authentic Longhouse, telling stories about Native American gatherings and the meaning of trees to the Indian lifestyle.

Ticonderoga's Hancock House, earlier known as the Headquarters House, is a reproduction of the Colonial Mansion built in Boston from 1737-1740 and occupied by John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

It serves as home to the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

The Headquarters House was erected in 1926 and presented to the New York State Historical Association by Horace A. Moses, a native son of Ticonderoga, to further the interest of the people of northeastern New York and the Lake Champlain and Lake George valleys in history and the fine arts.

According to the Hancock Museum literature, the house was constructed as a replica of the John Hancock home which stood on Beacon Street in Boston and which was demolished in 1863 to make room for a new wing of the State House.

John Hancock, a Revolutionary patriot, was a rich Boston merchant and his home was one of the finest of Colonial mansions.

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