Museum of Old Newbury hosts holiday open house

Courtesy photoThe Museum of Old Newbury holds its annual holiday open house Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

NEWBURYPORT — The Museum of Old Newbury will welcome visitors to the Cushing House for its annual holiday open house Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The house will be decked out in holiday finery with trees and special arrangements of greens and holiday accessories.

Margaret’s Parlor will feature designs by the Newburyport Horticultural Society headed by Cindy Scally.

The China Trade Room is being transformed by members of the Newburyport Garden Club led by Kim Mack and Lee Rowan, and the dining room is being decorated by the West Newbury Garden Club, chaired by Irene Harnett.

Lynda Alford and her team from the Newbury Garden Club are the designers for the Front Hall and the Garden Hall. The Fruit Street Hall is being dressed by Judy Wilkinson of the Newburyport Garden Club. Jeannie Moak is designing wreaths and exterior decorations to adorn this Federal Period landmark.

The museum’s boutique will offer a variety of gifts and stocking stuffers. Admission to the Cushing House is by donation. All proceeds benefit the museum’s education and outreach programs.

The house, built in 1808 as a shipmaster’s home, was owned by Cushing family members until 1955 when it was given to the museum. It is Newburyport’s only National Historic Landmark.

Since 1877, the Museum of Old Newbury has been preserving and presenting local history through research, education, exhibition and loan.

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