One of Kentucky’s oldest festivals where tradition is expected in an American village that dates back 227 years. The Annual Frontier Christmas has become a tradition in many families, dating back to their parents and grandparents, to get in the holiday spirit by attending the event, always held the first weekend in December in Washington, Ky., a village that celebrates Christmas to the fullest and has endured the test of time (now part of Maysville).
The Historic Washington shopkeepers are inviting the public to browse and shop during the annual Frontier Christmas sponsored by Old Washington, Inc. on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, from 10 am-6 pm Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Seven museums and many of the homes will be decked out with pioneer -tyle greenery, candle-lit windows, pine-scented rooms and holly-decked mantels.
Step back into the 18th century as you tread the flagstone walks of our pioneer forefathers, as many of your ancestors have done for the past 45 years and enjoy this 1700s village for a day or the weekend. Many new Christmas festivals have started in the past 45 years; several have not continued. Frontier Christmas remains a tradition, with candle dipping in Mefford’s Fort C.1797 log cabin, hot cider in the Albert Sidney Johnston C.1797 Museum, Bluegrass Artisan Center located in a 2-story, pre-1790 log cabin, previously the Cane Brake Visitor’s Center with local and regional art exhibits, demonstrations and educational programs. 1790’s Goforth House with a free Santa shoot, photography and exhibit on Saturday, and free print your Christmas card on Sunday.
Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with, crafts and demonstrations. Many professional groups with traditional Christmas renditions will provide the musical entertainment in the 1848 Old Church Museum both days. Food is a real treat, especially crème candy and transparent tarts, (a Mason County delicacy), Christmas puddings, fudge bourbon balls and other goodies found throughout the village. The Limestone Chapter DAR and CAR will be in the pre-1810 Paxton Inn.
There will be a Vesper Service on Sunday at 4 pm in the Old Church Museum. Visit www.washingtonky.com for the full schedule with times and updates.
Numerous historic buildings feature antiques and handmade specialties to put one in the spirit for great holiday shopping. Old Main Street’s shops offer an array of Primitives to Victorian antiques, a lamp shop with hundred of shades of all types and specializing in Fenton lamps and replacement shades, lamps, and lamp parts; antique Bluebird & Autumn Leaf china; craft; Fiesta ware; custom pottery of local towns and covered bridges in Kentucky; jewelry; Michael Kors jewelry and purses; cut glass; silver; prints; framed art; frame shops; and a dollhouse shop.
Collectibles include Cat’s Meow, Mary Hadley and Bybee pottery, Fenton Glass, paperweights, and paper doll books. Some shops feature Christmas Corners all year, and some will have specials, drawings for prizes, give coupons, and put candy in each bag.
There are several regular tours of the museums and village conducted by costumed guides, including The Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum and Paxton Inn, which are on the Underground Railroad tours, and the Full Historical Tour.
The Log Cabin Learning Tour is a very popular field trip for many schools and once each year is Pioneer Day where schools bring a whole class. Call 606-759-7411 for details.
Washington, now part of Maysville, is located 4 miles from the banks of the Ohio River, 50 miles northeast of Lexington, Ky., 50 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio, and 48 miles east of Cincinnati, (take the Wilder Exit #77 off I-275 onto Route #9, also known as the AA Highway), turn right at the light by Wendy’s onto US 68, turn left at the third light up into Old Washington. Washington is one mile south of the AA Hwy. on old US 68.
For more information, visit www.washingtonky.com.