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#2 Private Tour-Victorian Christmas @ The Alexander Ramsey House

Reservations open Thursday, 10/18 @ 5:00pm.

Well it's that time again, this will be the third year that our group has visited the Alexander Ramsey House for the Victorian Christmas tour. I have been asked to limit the number of people to 30 for each tour, so please RSVP responsibly. No shows are unacceptable and are not fair to others who would have liked to attend. I need to give them an accurate count, so they can arrange for the correct number of docents. If I see that there is a long wait list for each tour, I will add a third date. The cost of the tour is $10.00. We will collect the payment from each person and will make one payment for the group. We will gather in the Carriage House Gift Shop by 11:45 and begin our tour at 12:00. The site manager requested we take this early time because of the expected size of our group. They are good to us, if that is what works for them, I feel I should do what I can to help them out. Because this is a private group tour, there is no discount for MHS members.

The Ramsey House is one of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes, on this visit we will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas. The Alexander Ramsey House offers visitors a chance to step back in time to the Christmas season of 1875. The first thing you notice when you enter the house is the wonderful smell of homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, you will then hear the popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s Steinway piano, and throughout the house you will be able to view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Before or after our tour you can shop in the Carriage House gift store which is stocked with replica Victorian ornaments and other unique Christmas gift items.

The Ramsey House is the only historical home to be occupied by the same family until it was turned over to the State, it has remained virtually unchanged. Be sure to take the time to notice all the fine details of the woodwork and lighting.

If this will be your first visit, be aware that there are a lot of stairs and no elevator. If you can handle the stairs, you will find it worth the climb.

There is a good sized parking lot, we will be the second tour of the day, so there should be plenty of spaces.

For our after tour get together we will gather at a local restaurant. Maybe we'll check out the newly expanded Cosetta's, what do you thinK?

The Ramsey House is very easy to find, REALLY! It is right off of West 7th Street in Irvine Park, Turn on Walnut Street. directly across from Forepaugh's. If you miss Walnut Street, turn by the Dairy Queen, you'll see the parking lot.


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  • Jim T.

    good, I am glad there was only about 10 people. I think over 20 would get pretty crowded.

    December 11, 2012

  • Diane B.

    2 people with 4-wheel drive and 2 walkers came. very good event, hope you can all go to the follow-up. missed the pretty trees in front with snow, tho.

    December 9, 2012

  • Mark M.

    Beautiful. The snow set it off! Sandy and the docents did a great job

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be making it either...looks like its been snowing all night ...

    December 9, 2012

  • Linda B.

    Laurie and I have decided that we don't want to risk driving to St. Paul today. Our old cars are not in the best of shape. The Ramsey House tour is still on as planned for those who choose to venture out. Fortunately Sandy S. has agree to take over and will collect the payment and will make one payment for the group. If you have any question about the Ramsey House being open you can call[masked]

    December 9, 2012

  • Linda B.

    I spoke to Jane at the Ramsey House yesterday, they will be open for our tour. If the weather gets nasty, use your own judgement, if you don't feel safe driving, I totally understand. If it's not so bad, please come, this is a really neat tour.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know how long the tour is? I need to be home by 3:00 for Comcast.

    December 7, 2012

    • Linda B.

      The tour is just over an hour, so you should get home in time.

      December 8, 2012

  • Linda B.

    I would only cancel this if driving conditions are unsafe. I will send out an email if that is the case. Let's hope the predictions don't come true.

    December 8, 2012

  • Diane B.

    how much snow would cancel this event? sure hope it's on, looking forward for the last month

    December 8, 2012

  • Laurel M.

    I'm sorry to reprt that I am going to have to switch my reservation to December 22 as December 9 will no longer work for me. Thank you for your understanding.

    December 6, 2012

  • Laurel M.

    Hi,

    Am I registered. I have tried to do it twice and did not receive a confirmation. Will you register me, please.

    Thank you.

    November 2, 2012

  • Linda B.

    Tonight @ 5:00

    October 18, 2012

  • Linda B.

    It's the lighting , I took that last winter.

    October 18, 2012

  • Diane B.

    very old picture, it's now grey. you may need to know this when looking for the house

    October 18, 2012

  • Linda B.

    Obviously, this is the correct date. I should stop while I can still see what I'm doing.

    October 17, 2012

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