The Star-Herald

Historical society to hold magical seventh annual Victorian Christmas celebration

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Presque Isle Historical Society’s Secretary/Treasurer Kim Smith said, “For me, Christmas has always been a magical time of year. This year, we all need some magic in our lives. Presque Isle Historical Society invites you to its seventh annual Victorian Christmas at the Estey. 

It is truly a showcase of all that is beautiful at Christmas – live music, live florals, Wassail, and more.”

Victorian Christmas at the Estey will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at the 1875 Vera Estey House at 16 Third Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Visitors will enjoy Wassail, a hot cider punch; live music; and a taste of Peppermint Pig, the only Victorian Christmas tradition originating in the U.S.  Each year, there is a new exhibit in the middle parlor. This year’s exhibit is on “Victorian Christmas Traditions.”    

In keeping with the Victorian Christmas traditions at the house, each room in the small, two-story Victorian era house is adorned with hand-made Victorian era inspired decorations and live florals including a beautiful life-size evergreen gown. Costumed interpreters will also be in each room performing some function from the era. Children of all ages can also participate in a scavenger hunt based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Presque Isle resident Lyndsey Maynard has attended the event every year for the last few years with her family and says, “Christmas just isn’t Christmas for me without going to Victorian Christmas at the Estey.” 

The mission of Presque Isle Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1963, is to study, promote and preserve the history, culture, heritage and physical artifacts of Presque Isle for future and present generations. For more information on its programs or to make a tax deductible contribution, visit them on the web at

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