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Private Tour: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Holiday Wonderland

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Come for a holiday tour!  Explore the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum as it ushers in the holiday season with its new exhibition, A Holiday Wonderland at the Mansion. This one hour guided visit captures the magic of the holiday season with historic-era tree displays, an enchanting winter wonderland featuring a 19th-century skating scene, a festive holiday dinner party, magnificent gowns, and much more.

Recognized for the past two years as one of the 10 Best Holiday Historic Home Tours in the U.S. by USA Today, the Museum will explore treasured Victorian holiday traditions and feature beautiful 21st-century Christmas trees and seasonal displays by interior designers Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors and Marcia Taylor Reid of Taylor Reid Design LLC.

Please note: your library card must be registered with Darien Library to attend this event. Click on the link to learn more about becoming a member of Darien Library

About the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood from 1864-1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era.

The Mansion was a technological marvel of its time: it had indoor hot and cold plumbing, gas lighting, ventilation, and a central heating system that burned a ton of coal a day. Indeed, there is no comparable mansion museum in the state. Built during the Civil War and still inhabited during the Great Depression, there is no institution in Connecticut that is better able to bring to life these significant events in American history.

The exhibition, A Holiday Wonderland at the Mansion, was curated by Museum Consultant Stacey Danielson with the assistance of Trustees Mimi Findlay and Paul Veeder and the LMMM Curatorial Committee.

Photo Credit: Steve Turner, Courtesy of David Scott Parker Architects


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