On Tuesday, members of local groups gathered at the Wesley House in Eden Gardens State Park to decorate the home for the holidays.
POINT WASHINGTON — Lights are set to shimmer from within Eden Gardens State Park.
On Tuesday, nine local groups gathered at the Wesley House to decorate a different room of the iconic building.
According to Marianne Burbach, president of Friends of Eden Garden State Park, the annual tradition began sometime in the 1980s.
“It’s wonderful,” said Burbach, who orchestrates the yearly decorations. “I’m proud of it, and I think everybody in the community is (too). It really is a community thing.”
For Melissa Webster, a member of the Chautauqua Winery, this season is a chance to remember the home’s original owners.
Her idea, themed “family memories,” is a blast from the past that displays a picture of each member of the Wesley family on a Christmas tree in the Blue Bedroom.
She added that the idea stemmed from her love of genealogy.
“I love it, (and) I think it turned out great,” Webster said. “It’s a part of history and we need to be a part of it.”
According to a press release from Friends of Eden, this year’s groups are the Destin Woman’s Club, the Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach, IMPACT 100, the Point Washington Historical Society, the Seagrove Garden Club, the Chautauqua Winery, the South Walton Montessori Academy, the Happy Helium of Destin and Bungalow Home & Life.
Scarlett Dunn, a park service specialists, said tours will begin Thursday and cost $4 per adult and $2 per child. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite room, she added.
“We have long-standing folks who have been decorating their rooms for years, and then sometimes we have new folks,” Dunn said.
A Candlelight Open House will be held at the home Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. Overflow parking will be available at Bay Elementary School and Point Washington Methodist Church.