Last weekend, Harland and I visited the Spring Hill Ranch at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve down by Strong City, KS. The native limestone house and barn were built in the late 1870s, and today they are open for tours. Each year in December, they decorate for Christmas, period appropriate for the 1870s, and some of the workers dress in costume. The barn, chicken house, smokehouse, and even the outhouse are dressed in cedar and red ribbons.
Inside the house, the main staircase was decorated.
The sitting room fireplace was decorated.
In the drawing room, there were a few musicians dressed in costume playing old Christmas carols,
and guests joined in singing. We stayed for a while and sang along.
Candles were lit.
That’s Heather in the pic above. She works there and MADE that dress. Isn’t it beautiful? Here’s the back view of the dress.
Down in the kitchen, cookies were being made.
Visiting the ranch this time of year is like a trip back in time.
It was the perfect way to start the season.