Eden mansion: Christmas by candlelight open house set for Dec. 14

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The fine dining room gets a splash of purple this year to give it an even more regal look.

Deborah Wheeler
Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 21:32 PM.

On Dec. 14 the Friends of Eden Gardens State Park is again hosting its annual Christmas Candlelight Open House.

The beautifully renovated two-story Wesley House with its elegant white columns and wrap-around porch is the focal point of the 161-acre park. Built in 1897, the home is named after its original owners.

In 1963 the home was purchased by Lois Maxon, who totally renovated the house, creating a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques. It reportedly holds the second-largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States.

During the five years she lived in the home, Maxon graciously opened her doors to various garden clubs for tours.

Decades after her death, the Friends of Eden keep the tradition alive by hosting each year the Christmas Candlelight Open House. 

Various clubs, organizations, business owners, and individuals spent a day decorating the grand and stately mansion, with each taking a room, porch, or hallway and giving it their own special touch and theme.

Friends committee chair Tricia Sloan said there are some rooms that are decorated totally different this year, such as the children's bedroom, which was decorated by children this year.



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