Hayes Home Holidays: Discover holiday traditions of the president and first lady during new Christmas event

Tour the historic Hayes Home in the evening and discover the holiday traditions of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes during a unique new holiday event at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Hayes Home Holidays is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 23 in the Hayes Home and museum.

Costumed greeters will welcome guests into the home in the evening, a time the house is not usually open for tours. Visitors will tour the home and learn about the Hayes family’s Christmas and New Year’s traditions, as well as celebrations for President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes’ wedding anniversary, which was Dec. 30.

Guests will enjoy some wassail, a non-alcoholic drink that was served during the Hayeses’ day.

The home will be modestly decorated with some decorations to be historically accurate as to how the Hayes family would have kept the house at the holidays. This interactive experience includes live music.

Also included in the ticket price is viewing of the “Hayes Train Special” model train display in the museum. Also in the museum, hands-on activities for kids and light refreshments will be available.

Tours will be offered at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Guests can come early before their tour and see the “Hayes Train Special” and participate in activities in the museum. Those who take earlier house tours can see the train display and participate in the museum activities after their tour.

Tickets are available by online at https://www.rbhayes.org/events/2018/12/20/events/hayes-home-holidays-friday-dec.-21-5-30-p.m.-tour/. Tickets are also available by calling Jacque Baker at 419-332-2081, ext. 238. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets will be sold the days of the event subject to availability.

Tickets are $20 for adult Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members, $25 for adult non-members, $8 for members ages 6-18, $10 for non-members ages 6-18 and free for kids 5 and younger (members and non-members).

The Museum Store also will be open during this event for any last-minute holiday shoppers.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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