The Village Museum in Elsah.
Kick off the holiday season with an afternoon in the village of Elsah.
On the Great River Road, nestled between two bluffs and right off the Mississippi River, Elsah has been called the village that time forgot and the New England of the Midwest. Both descriptions are apt, but neither do the village justice.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, visitors will have a first-hand opportunity to understand its appeal. On that day, the village opens its doors for its annual Home for the Holidays house tour. A selection of homes in the village will be open, and a horse-drawn carriage will offer free rides to ticket bearers through the village, which has been festively decorated in preparation for the holiday season. In addition, the Elsah Museum, both bed and breakfasts, and the Methodist and Christian Science churches will be open for tour.
“We hope lots of folks in the region will see this as a great opportunity to celebrate the magic of the holiday season and the power of local history,” says Tim Tomlinson, president of Historic Elsah Foundation, sponsor of this annual event. “There is a spirit in Elsah, a sense of you standing in ‘the presence of the past,’ a feeling that is not often found in our modern world.”
Prepare yourself, your friends, and family for a grand time. With a little bit of imagination you will be transported into the mid-19th century. Look carefully at the stone walls of many of the village homes — it’s likely the stone came from the Elsah quarry and the homes were built by local craftsmen. The museum was once the Town Hall, the Civic Center was once the local school, and the Methodist church dates back to the 1870s. When walking the streets of the village and visiting the homes, you will understand what it means to be in “the presence of the past.”
Advance ticket price, $15; date of event ticket price, $18; optional lunch by My Just Desserts, served in Farley’s Music Hall (11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $11. Day of event tickets may be purchased at Farley’s Music Hall, Elsah Museum and the Civic Center. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Alton Convention and Bureau Center in Alton. Online tickets can be purchased at www.historicelsah.org and/or www.facebook.com/historicelsah.
For information and a digital copy of an informational flier, contact Tim Tomlinson, Historic Elsah Foundation, (618) 374-1518, text a request to (618) 513-7119, or email a request to email@example.com. Tickets purchased in advance or online can be picked up at the Civic Center on the day of the event.