Ticonderoga The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host its annual Festival of Trees this December at the Hancock House.
This marks the 21st year for the holiday tradition, which features a festive display of trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals.
“The trees are on exhibit on all four floors and provide a magical feeling to the Hancock House,” said June Curtis of the historical society.
A highlight of the month long event is the Hancock House open house Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 to 3 p.m. The open house gives visitors a chance to see the trees and exchange holiday greetings.
“The historical society offers this event to say thank you to all its members and friends in the community, volunteers and visitors for their support throughout the past year,” Curtis said.
“Please stop in to say hello, gather with your friends, listen to beautiful holiday music in our parlor and enjoy scrumptious homemade goodies as we celebrate the season together,” she said. “Enjoy the sights and sounds with us in a warm and festive atmosphere. Tour our magnificent building to view the many beautiful trees, make a stop in the Post Office Gift Shop to fill your Christmas list and take pleasure in the spirit of this wonderful time of year.”
During the historical society’s open house Dec. 11, Ticonderoga Arts — located in the downstairs of the building — will be open.
“The winner of our 50/50 raffle will be chosen,” Curtis said. “We’ve been told that Santa may stop by to visit those who have been not naughty, but nice. And as we did last year, we plan to have another gift basket raffle.”
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.