Annual Candlelight Open House on Main Street
Name: Annual Candlelight Open House on Main Street
Date: October 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Journey back into the 18th and 19th centuries on Friday, October 6th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Two of Keene’s historic Main Street homes, the Wyman Tavern and Horatio Colony House Museum, will hold candlelight open houses from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This great family event offers an opportunity to view the warmth and charm of these two Keene landmarks as they were before electricity – lit only with candles. The Wyman Tavern at 339 Main Street was built in 1762 and used as a tavern by the Wyman family for more than 40 years. With reenactors stationed in each room, visitors to the Tavern can play Colonial games of chance, listen to some 18th century tunes, and tour the house. The Horatio Colony House Museum at 199 Main Street is a Federal style home built in 1806 by Abel Blake, son of one of Keene’s first settlers. In the late 19th century, it became the home of a branch of the Colony family connected with the Faulkner Colony Woolen Mill on West Street and the Cheshire Mill in Harrisville. Horatio Colony II was the last of the family to live in the house which is filled with original family furnishings and collections from around the world, spanning the 18th through late 19th century. The home is completely intact, reflecting three generations of the family living for 130 years. These collaborative candlelight open houses are free and open to the public. Separated by about two blocks, both museums are within walking distance of each other. For further information about the Wyman Tavern, contact the Historical Society at 352-1895 or view its website at www.hsccnh.org. For information about the Horatio Colony House Museum call at 352-0460 or visit its website atwww.horatiocolonymuseum.org.