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Out & About: Compass Inn Museum hosts holiday candlelight tours

Shirley McMarlin
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Candles illuminate the kitchen.
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Tourgoers (from left) Patty Lucchetti of Penn Hills, Linda Ankers of Plum and Jody Schockey of Friedens, Somerset County, gather Saturday during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown.
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Blacksmith, John Stein, talks about the blacksmith shop, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2019.
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Volunteer, Rick Schwab, gives a tour of the common room, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2019.
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Volunteer, Rick Schwab, gives a tour of the kitchen, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2019.
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Volunteers (from left) Louise Henry and Theresa Schwab
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Amanda Seim, program coordinator, gives a tour of the cook house, during the Holiday Candlelight Tours held at the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown on Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2019.

Early American Christmas traditions varied from place to place and among various religious denominations.

For some, it was a solemn observance of the birth of Christ. Others made it a time of celebration. Still others saw it as just another day.

Many European immigrants carried their Old World holiday customs to the New World, including the German tradition of the Christmas tree.

What was going on at Christmastime 1830 at the Compass Inn stagecoach stop in what is now Laughlintown?

Docents for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society took visitors back in time with Holiday Candlelight Tours at the inn-turned- museum on Nov. 30.

Candles, lanterns and fires in the hearths provided a warm glow, as docents portraying innkeepers Robert and Rachel Armor offered tour-goers a look into the traditions and hospitality of days gone by.

At the end of each tour, there were hot mulled cider, treats and a reading of Clement Moore’s beloved “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” which begins, “ ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house; Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …”

Additional tours are scheduled Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. To reserve, call 724-238-6818 or visit compassinn.org.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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