Ticonderoga The 23rd annual Festival of Trees is under way at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga.
Highlighting the month-long Christmas celebration will be an open house Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society, which operates the Hancock House, hosts the Festival of Trees each year as a thank you to the community for its patronage and support in helping maintain the historic Hancock House and preservation of the building’s major archives, said Beth Iuliano, a historical society trustee. The festival features Christmas trees provided by the community and business organizations that are available for viewing until the end of December.
“We are extending an invitation to all to join the society for an afternoon of holiday enchantment,”Iuliano said. “This traditional event is held to brighten your holidays.”
The Ticonderoga Historical Society decorates every floor of the Hancock House for Christmas.
Santa will attend to visit with children. The Olde Post Office Gift Shop will be open for Christmas shopping.
And along with all the festivities, the society’s annual 50/50 drawing winner will be picked at the festival.
“As in the past, Trustee Iuliano will make sure the library table is lavishly decorated and laden with exceptional holiday goodies for all to enjoy,” Bill Dolback, historical society president, said. “These are treats not to be missed. Join us for an afternoon with neighbors and friends and enjoy touring the building’s various floors of exceptional trees and decorations.”
Ticonderoga’s Hancock House is a reproduction of the colonial mansion built in Boston in 1737-1740 on Beacon Street and occupied by John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Erected in 1926 and first called the Headquarters House, it was presented to the New York State Historical Association by philanthropist and native son Horace A. Moses to further the interest of northeastern New York and the Lake Champlain and Lake George valleys in history and fine arts. This Weymouth granite building is a specimen of Georgian architecture, executed from the original drawings of John Sturgis before the building in Boston was destroyed in 1863.