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Christmas Festival



christmas-santa-graphicsfairy010In December, join us for a candlelight tour of the Manor House and light refreshments.  Each of the eight rooms of the Manor House will be decorated with natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys’ Colonial and Victorian family history with a few contemporary flourishes to echo the Foy family’s four centuries in coastal North Carolina. In 2015, we will be expanding our Christmas experience over two weekends, December 3rd, 4th and 5th & 10th, 11th and 12th.

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Christmas Memories from the Foy Family

“Christmas and Thanksgiving were two big holidays,” remembers Robert Lee Foy, Jr., “All the Foy family would be here for Thanksgiving.  We had a big meal, turkey, ham, and chicken.  It was a very big time.  We had a corn bread dressing, sometimes Oyster Dressing.

Christmas was almost a repeat of Thanksgiving on the meal. The house was decorated with a live tree, and it was decorated with cookies that were in the shape of Santa Claus, and men and women. The house was decorated with holly and yaupon and smilax, and the banisters were draped with smilax, and over the doors they hung the holly and yaupon.

They made wreaths.  You took moss and wrapped it around a wire and stuffed your pine needles and pine cones and holly, and it made a pretty wreath.  The mantles would have holly and yaupon and candles.  There was a homemade wreath on the front door.  They used berries for color and clusters of pine cones for decorations” (Interview, 1979).

Robert Lee Foy, Sr.’s second wife, Grandma Lee, remembers frozen eggnog, ambrosia, and the camellia bush out front as large as the 3rd story of the manor house.  Christmas was in the front parlor, and she had a card table set up with a puzzle a lot of the time (Interview, 1979).