INside the Swetland Homestead Parlor, are, seated, from left to right, Annie Lisman, Mark Riccetti. Standing front: Aoife Burke, Bella Stack, Roisin Burke, Natasha and Victoria Stack, and Amanda Fontenova; standing, Mary Ruth Burke, Ciaran Burke, and Tony Brooks.
One of Wyoming Valley’s best-loved traditions, Christmas Candlelight Tours of the historic Swetland Homestead, will take place this year, December 1, 2, and 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and December 3 and 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Costumed interpreters will recreate a beautiful old-fashioned Christmas celebration as they portray members of the Swetland Family welcoming guests to their home at Christmas time. Visit with Sally Swetland and her children in 1810, meet William Swetland’s son, George, and business partner and son-in-law, Payne Pettebone as they celebrate a Victorian Christmas; stop by the 1820 kitchen where food is still prepared in an open hearth, and meet Kate Pettebone and her cousins as they await Father Christmas in the upstairs bedroom.
Guests will learn about different Christmas traditions and decorations through time and be treated to caroling by local school and community groups. Refreshments and gift items will also be available with all proceeds benefiting the historic Swetland Homestead.
The Swetland Homestead is located at 885 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming. Tours run continuously during open hours and admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free and members of the Luzerne County Historical Society receive $1.00 off admission. For additional information or to arrange a group tour, contact the Historical Society at 570 823-6244, ext. 3.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, visitors may also experience the simple pleasures of “An Afternoon of Colonial Hospitality” at the Nathan Denison House. Built in 1790, the home of Colonel Nathan Denison offers visitors a look at life in Colonial Wyoming Valley. Meet the Denison Family and their friends and be transported to a special afternoon 220 years in the past. The Nathan Denison House, located at 35 Dennison St., Forty Fort, will offer Afternoons of Colonial Hospitality December 3 and 4 from 1pm to 5 pm.
The Nathan Denison House and the Swetland Homestead are administered by the Luzerne County Historical Society.