I love where we live.

In the heart of one the larger metropolitan areas of the US, it still feels like a small town, and tonight’s Church Street Stroll was a great example of this. Every year in early December, the town’s historic main street is bedecked in Christmas lights, wreaths, and general merriment.  The street shuts down for the “townspeople”, who take in the decorations, stand by the fire, drink hot cocoa, visit the shops after hours, talk to Santa, and walk through the historic buildings usually closed except on special occasions.

christmas

christmas is on its way!

At the end of Church Street and on the Town Green is the Freeman House, a residence turned post office turned Civil War hospital turned railroad station turned museum.

the christmas-tized freeman house

the christmas-tized freeman house

The main floor is an old fashioned general store, complete with a candy counter and old timey wares.  Upstairs is half WWII museum (dedicated to local soldiers), half period restoration (this part got me excited).

check out that fireplace!

check out that iron fireplace!

the main parlor

the main parlor

upstairs hallway

upstairs hallway

I just LOVE historic homes and could stare at them all day long!  Even better – it was decorated for Christmas using fresh greenery.

greenery on a buffet

greenery on a buffet

the decorated tree, up close & personal

the decorated tree, up close & personal

The ornaments in the shapes of buildings are actually hand-painted reproductions of local buildings and establishments!

Merry Christmas, cute little town!

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