Wildwood House Museum’s Christmas takes tourists back in time

Raleigh County
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Yuletide carols are bouncing off the walls of the Wildwood House Museum, the home of Beckley’s founder Alfred Beckley. His great-granddaughter bought the home in the 1960’s turning it into the museum that exist today. 

Wildwood Christmas coordinator Cindy Worley said this is the sixth year people can come through its door and time travel to a more festive era. 

“We’re letting people see what Christmas may have been like in the 1860s,” Worley said. “Much simpler easy way to celebrate Christmas. You don’t have all the hustling and bustling. They had very simple decorations made of fruit and greenery. There weren’t electric lights of course so we have little candles on the tree.”

Worley said while they hold this event every year, they always try to incorporate new vintage items. 

“We have vintage clothing, children’s clothing spread out throughout the house. Outfits that are at least 50 years old that we thought would be cute,” Worley said. 

It can be considered a historic home for the holidays. 

“Very few cities have the home of their founder on the exact location of where it was when it was originally built. So it is quite a treasure for Beckley,” Worley said.

Worley wanted to thank the community for their support, which is crucial for the museum to host these events. For those interested in taking a tour, call the Wildwood House Museum to make an appointment.

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