46th Annual Frontier Christmas

Old Washington Historic Village

Saturday December 7th 

10 am – 6 pm


Sunday December 8th 

11 am – 6 pm


(submitted & wrote by Phyllis Helphenstine)

One of Kentucky’s oldest festivals where tradition is expected in an American village that dates back 227 years.
It has become a tradition in many families, dating back to their parents and grandparents, to get in the holiday spirit by attending Frontier Christmas, always held the first weekend in December in Washington, Kentucky, a village that celebrates Christmas to the fullest and has endured the test of time (now part of Maysville).
The Historic Washington Shopkeepers are inviting the public to browse and shop during the annual Frontier Christmas sponsored by Old Washington, Inc. on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th from 10-6 Saturday and 11-6 Sunday.
Most shops will close at 5 pm with the Christmas play in the 1870 New Beginnings Church at 6 pm ending the event both days.
Admission is FREE.
7 museums and many of the homes will  be decked out in Pioneer style greenery, candle-lit windows, pine-scented rooms and holly-decked mantles.  Step back into the 18th Century as you tread the flagstone walks of our pioneer forefathers, as many of your ancestors have done for the past 45 years and enjoy this 1700’s village for a day or the weekend.  Many new Christmas festivals have started in the past 45 years, most have not continued.  Frontier Christmas remains a tradition with candle dipping in Mefford’s Fort C.1797 log cabin, hot cider and cookies in the Albert Sidney Johnston C.1797 Museum, Bluegrass Artisan Center located in a 2-story pre-1790 log cabin, previously the Cane Brake Visitor’s Center with local and regional art exhibits, demonstrations and educational programs. 1790’s Goforth House noon to 5 both days with FREE educational printmaking activity.
Celebrate an Old Fashion Christmas with, crafts and demonstrations.  Many professional groups with traditional Christmas renditions will provide the musical entertainment in the 1848 Old Church Museum both days. Including a bagpiper, Hammered dulcimer, Mountain dulcimer, Low D Whistle, Autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, several groups as well as strolling musicians and carolers. Santa will be here and Mrs. Claus and an elf.  Food is a real treat, with a new restaurant in the 1790 Row House scheduled to have their grand opening at this event. The Limestone Chapter DAR and CAR will be in the pre-1810 Paxton Inn with sit down dining plus traditional foods, Kentucky Burgoo, Venison stew, home made desserts and selling fresh mistletoe. Vesper Service is Sunday at 4:00 in the Old Church Museum.  Click on www.washingtonky.com  Washington’s website under Events for full schedule with times and updates.
Numerous Historic buildings feature antiques, and handmade specialties to put one in the spirit for great holiday shopping.  Old Main Street’s shops offer an array of Primitives to Victorian antiques, a lamp shop with 100s of shades of all types and specializing in Fenton lamps and replacement shades, lamps, and lamp parts, antique Bluebird & Autumn Leaf china, crafts, Fiesta ware, custom pottery of local towns and covered bridges in KY, jewelry, Michael Kors jewelry and purses, cut glass, silver, prints, framed art, frame shops, and a Dollhouse shop.  Collectibles include Cat’s Meow, Mary Hadley and Bybee pottery, Fenton Glass, paperweights, and paper doll books. Some shops feature Christmas Corners all year and some will have specials, drawings for prizes, give coupons, and put candy in each bag.
Set up and sell your wares – Especially looking for Baked goods, Country Ham & Biscuit sandwiches, good
hand made crafts and antiques.  Vendor spaces are limited Call 606-759-8224 or E-mail marsha.jones59@yahoo.com
There are several regular tours of the museums and village conducted by costumed guides including, The Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum and Paxton Inn are on the Underground Railroad tours and the Full Historical Tour.
The Log Cabin Learning Tour is a very popular field trip for many schools and once each year is Pioneer Day
where schools bring a whole class.
Washington, (now part of Maysville), is located 4 miles from the banks of the Ohio River.  Washington is one mile south of the AA Hwy. on old US 68, turn left at the third light up into Old Washington.  For more information E-mail phyllis@maysvilleky.net or call the Visitor’s Center – 606-759-7411.
Web Site: www.washingtonky.com