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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society

Historically Speaking

November 2014

Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.”

You may want to get a quick coffee refill, grab your tea, or make a cup of hot chocolate as we are going to talk about our Christmas open house at the Bloomfield House.

This year’s open house, “Christmas Is…”, will be Saturday December 13th 5-8 pm and Sunday December 14th 1-4 pm.  Saturday evening, three downtown churches will join us by opening their doors for your enjoyment.  Those churches include Emanuel Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the displays and décor in each of the historic churches.  The Bloomfield House and church sidewalks will be lit with luminaries so you can easily find your way.  A reminder, the churches will only be participating on Saturday.

Now grab that warm beverage, close your eyes, sit back and see if you can visualize what awaits you at the Bloomfield House!
Upon entering the front door, you will be surrounded by soft pinks and a sense of calm.  The glistening tree in the front window is loaded to the hilt with beautiful decorations.  The fireplace is draped with an antique fringed scarf and lighted garland.  The cabinet showcases carnival glass collectible plates produced by the Imperial Glass Company.  The plates represent the Twelve Days of Christmas, and each is a different color of carnival glass.  Finishing the décor of this room is a variety of nativities on loan from members of the Historical Society.  You’ll notice one nativity in stained glass and another dating from the 1930’s among those displayed in the entry room.

The nativities continue in the parlor, adorning the desk, organ and cabinet.  They include Lizzie Hi, whimsical bears, small nativities and a European version.  The parlor is dressed in silver and the windows are draped with sparkling garlands.  The tree is stunning!  Sitting in the far corner, it can’t be missed!  We call it our ribbon tree, but the effect is all done in pastel ornaments.  It’s a real show stopper!

The last formal room downstairs is the dining room.  We’ve become quite well known for our teas throughout the year, and so we’ve decorated with a tea theme.  The tree itself is filled with teapots, frosted fruit and magnolia leaves.  The garlands at the windows also contain magnolia leaves along with pointsettias.  Teapot lights serve as lovely accents, along with miniature teapots, teacups and saucers.  Cranberry glass adds to the festive look, and don’t forget to take note of the beautiful ornate tea service on the buffet.

The kitchen has not been spared in the decorating department!  All ornaments are antique, and besides the usual ornaments, you’ll spot light reflectors in the garland, samples of country ware along with an array of teapots, teacups and saucers.

Now it’s time to ascend the decorated staircase to the bedrooms.  Immediately at the top of the steps is our newly created guest bedroom.  This room features many donated items from the Rettig family, including an iron bed making its debut at the Bloomfield.  Country Elegance in the theme of the room, and it’s filled with so many beautiful things! The tree is lit with old fashioned candle lights, folded music fans, feathers and starched muslin cones.  Old stereoscopes and slides are on display, as are mannequins dressed in their winter attire.  There are colorful woven coverlets to finish out the look of the room, with the earliest dated 1854.

The master bedroom is filled with elegance of a different style.  It features a tabletop tree with golds, pinks and blues.  Roses have also been incorporated into the Christmas look.  You’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful collection of gloves and pearls, ramping up the elegance of the room.

The child’s room should provide lots of fond memories!  The room is decorated in bright reds, greens and silver, and there is a great collection of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls.  They were always childhood favorites, and we guarantee there will be a smile on your face when you’re in this room!  Thank you to the various members who have loaned us their Raggedy pairs!

And last but not least, the bathroom will take on a feminine flair with a collection of hair receivers.

The theme of this year’s open house is “Christmas Is…”. You’ve heard and you’ll see our interpretation, but we hope that when you enter our house, you’ll feel your own emotions as to what Christmas is to you!  Kudos to Jean Bremer for sharing her vision!  Tour times again are Saturday December 13th 5-8 pm and Sunday December 14th 1-4 pm. There is no charge for this event.
One last matter of business is the start of our membership drive.  You don’t need to be a history genius to be a member of the Historical Society.  It’s important to have a broad range of individuals to make this organization a success.  You can participate as much or as little as you like, and there are no age requirements!  So if you can share a bit of your time or talent, we’d love to have you on board!  You can pick up a membership form at the open house or go to our website, www.henrycountyhistory.org to complete your form.  This also makes a great birthday or Christmas gift for that person who has everything!  The membership drive continues thru February 1st.

This concludes this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.” As always, thank you for helping us keep history alive, and we’ll see you at the open house!

#1  Nothing says Christmas like a visit to the Bloomfield House.  Enjoy the splendor of a Victorian Christmas Saturday December 13th 5-8 pm and Sunday December 14th 1-4 pm.  Enjoy the stunning and shimmery décor as you’re transported back to a magical era.  Saturday’s tour also includes a chance to visit Emanuel Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church.  Follow the luminaries and enjoy a beautiful start to the Christmas season!

#2  The Bloomfield House, Emanuel Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church invite you to a Christmas open house Saturday December 13th 5-8 pm.  Follow the luminaries and have a true Christmas experience!  You can also visit the Bloomfield House again on Sunday December 14th 1-4 pm and see what Christmas Is.. to us!  We invite you to enjoy the magic and beauty of the season with us!

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The Henry County Historical Society was formed in 1970 to perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county. Our primary focus at this time is the completion of the restoration work on the beautiful Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian home, built circa 1879. This house is located at the corner of West Clinton and Webster streets in downtown Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The house has been completely restored and is decorated with authentic period furnishings. Work is in progress on the carriage house and gardens. The home is open for special events, educational programs and private tours. We welcome new and old members alike to lend a hand and help us in our many programs and activities.



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