COME SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH US!
On Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. join us for Trails for Tails 5K, inflatables, animal education and information booths, Bessie’s Cow Pie Bingo, and more! This fundraiser will benefit the Poplar Grove Animal Sanctuary. The decorated 1850 Manor House will be open for self-guided tours, ($7.00), also enjoy the decorations on the grounds, and from 12:00 – 3:00 Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at the tenant house, wagon rides will be offered, (weather permitting, $2.00).
Enjoy your shopping experience by visiting Poplar Grove where you can truly get in the spirit and support our local vendors!
On Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.the Christmas Arts & Crafts + Gift Show features over 80 artists, crafters, bakers and gift vendors for an afternoon of perusing one-of-a-kind and specialty items to hlep complete your holiday list. Vendors will be on the grounds, in the Cultural Arts Center ‘Barn’ and the Agriculture Building, see the vendor list, Vendors. The Open House offers a chance to walk through the decorated 1850 Manor House, visit with Foy family members, and hear harpist Susan Wilzer in the parlor from 1:00 – 3:00. From 12:00 – 3;00 Santa & Mrs. Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and reading stories at the tenant house, wagon rides through the plantation woods will be offered, weather permitting, ($2.00 fee).
Jersey Mike’s of Porter’s Neck and Poor Piggy’s will be offering sub sandwiches , BBQ & brisket sandwhiches, chicken tenders, fries, chips and drinks.
Donations are greatly appreciated to support our mission of conservation, education and preservation.
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).