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Out & About: Candles light the way for Compass Inn visitors

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, 1:36 a.m.
Stephanie Marshal, a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and intern at Compass Inn, gives a tour of the kitchen during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Stephanie Marshal, a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and intern at Compass Inn, gives a tour of the kitchen during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Inn Keeper and program coordinator Malori Stevenson welcomes guests to the cook house during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Inn Keeper and program coordinator Malori Stevenson welcomes guests to the cook house during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Stephanie Marshal (left), a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and intern at Compass Inn, gives a tour of the common room during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Stephanie Marshal (left), a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and intern at Compass Inn, gives a tour of the common room during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Docent Carol Sheats of Ligonier welcomes guests to the ladies parlor during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Docent Carol Sheats of Ligonier welcomes guests to the ladies parlor during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Docents (from left) Jackie McClane of Laughlintown listens to Carla Baldwin of Ligonier read Christmas stories during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Docents (from left) Jackie McClane of Laughlintown listens to Carla Baldwin of Ligonier read Christmas stories during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Tom Rohosky of Mt. Pleasant works in the blacksmith shop during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Tom Rohosky of Mt. Pleasant works in the blacksmith shop during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Sherry Mizikar (left) and Elizabeth Mizikar, both of Norvelt, write their Christmas traditions while Inn Keeper and program coordinator, Malori Stevenson, talks in the cook house, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.
Sherry Mizikar (left) and Elizabeth Mizikar, both of Norvelt, write their Christmas traditions while Inn Keeper and program coordinator, Malori Stevenson, talks in the cook house, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours, held Saturday afternoon at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2108.

What were the holidays like before the advent of LED mini lights, color-changing lights, net lights, icicle lights, rope lights, spotlights, projector lights and inflatables?

Before electric lights or even gas lights?

On Nov. 24, Holiday Candlelight Tours at Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown carried guests back to a simpler time, around the turn of the 18th century, when the spirit of Christmas was embodied by glowing candles and flickering fires.

Docents discussed holiday traditions of days long gone and offered tour-goers hot mulled cider and other treats.

Tours also are planned for 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 8-9 at the restored stagecoach stop operated by the Ligonier Valley Historical Society.

For information, call 724-238-4983 or visit compassinn.com.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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