Marsh House Brings History To Life In Christmas Candlelight Tour

Monday, November 7, 2016 - by Emily Miller

The Marsh House of LaFayette invites the public to travel back to the 19th Century at the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour event. Set for the first three Saturdays and Sundays of December, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening, the 1836 antebellum home will be decorated with live greenery, candles, and countless other holiday adornments, immersing visitors in a magical Christmas ambiance that echoes the past. Guests who attend the event will experience character reenactments, eat delicious refreshments, decorate ornaments they can take home, learn about the history of the Marsh House and Walker County, and enjoy the exquisite historical holiday atmosphere.

The tour begins in the front parlor where actors from as nearby as LaFayette and as far as Chatsworth will bring history to life as they portray members of the Marsh family, the family who originally built the house in the 19th Century. “A motivated team is working to recreate Christmas Eve in 1890. Since it's the beginning of a decade filled with optimism and merriment, it's a perfect date to re-imagine as it will really get visitors into the Christmas spirit,” says Emily Miller, director of the reenactments.

When visitors reach the kitchen, holiday refreshments such as hot apple punch and Christmas cookies will be served. Guests can also decorate their own Christmas ornaments at the Welcome Center next door and bring home their ornaments to remember their magical evening at the Marsh House.

Candlelight Tours will be 6 - 8 p.m., on Saturdays & Sundays, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at the Marsh House, 308 North Main Street, LaFayette, GA 30728. Cost: $5 for general admission, $1 for children 12 & under. Website: For questions and more information, contact Jennie Chandler at 423-994-8485.

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