Saturday in Shelton: Learn about the history of Christmas past


A refurbished sign post, where flyers (or hand bills) would be posted in the old days, is one of the artifacts from yesteryear on the Shelton History Center property. In the background is the Wilson barn from the early 1860s.


’Tis the season to celebrate with the Shelton Historical Society during an open house on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2-5 p.m. There will be a chance to meet local actors and take tours of the history of Christmas at the society’s Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road.

The Brownson House at the history center, built circa 1822, will host an exhibit, “Christmas Through the Ages.” The exhibit will highlight the evolution of modern holiday costumes through five decades.

christmasTreeEach tree will be trimmed using decorations typical of the period depicted. Seasonal refreshments will be served.

Visitors might find it surprising to learn when certain gifts became available to the public, and some people may be reminded of their own surprises on Christmas mornings past.

During that time visitors can meet the cast of Valley Shakespeare Festival after their performance of “A Christmas Carol” (held at Plumb Memorial Library at 1 p.m.).

Admission is free, with donations accepted for the Shelton Historical Society. For more information, call 203-925-1803 or go to

The Shelton Historical Society owns and operates the Shelton History Center, a museum with six historical buildings located just north of the Huntington Green. The nonprofit organization also sponsors programs of historical interest to the community.



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