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Christmas Past

A Christmas Celebration

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Ever wonder how Christmas was celebrated 150+ years ago or where some of your cherished Christmas customs came from? What about preparing a Christmas dinner over a fire? Or decorating a small home filled with (in some cases) over ten children? In our world of granite counter tops and grocery stores, who among us could imagine rolling out the day’s dough? And what would it be like if we couldn’t throw everything in a machine to wash up when we were finished?

Missouri Town 1855 will not only answer those questions, they will show you what life was like back then.  Nestled amongst the 4,814 acre Fleming Park in Jackson County, Missouri, visitors get the sense of time-traveling to an era when plum pudding, ice houses, and handmade everything were all in vogue.

While you can visit Missouri Town 1855 on weekends throughout the winter, you’ll want to be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, December 13 for ‘A Christmas Celebration.’  The aroma of wood burning fireplaces accompanied by period music and authentic Christmas decor will most assuredly make your time travel worthwhile.  Did we mention the customs of the English, German and French settlers are what you will be experiencing? psssst….bring the children, they may get a candy treat from Belsnickle.  Who is Belsnickle?

Information on admission fees for the Christmas Celebration December 13th  and hours are here.

Plan Your Visit

Missouri Town 1855 is composed of more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 to 1860. This living history museum uses original structures, furnishings and equipment. Also depicting the 19th Century lifestyles are interpreters in period attire, authentic field and garden crops, and rare livestock breeds.

Missouri Town 1855 was never a real village in which real people lived and worked. Instead, it is a reconstruction of what a person may have found at a Missouri crossroads during the mid-19th Century. The buildings in the village were moved to Missouri Town 1855 from other locations in seven different western Missouri counties. These are actual buildings from the mid-19th Century.

The year 1855 was chosen to interpret because it was the last year before the Kansas-Missouri border fighting began to disrupt the area. By 1856, shootings, lynchings and other violence had polarized pro-slavery and anti-slavery adherents into open conflict.

Address: 8010 E. Park Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064, Located in Fleming Park

Hours of Operation
November 16-February 28
Weekends only
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

March 1-November 15
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Admission Fees
Adults $5
Children (5-13) $3
Seniors (62+) $3

More Things to Do at Missouri Town 1855

After the holidays, you may want to take in one of the Missouri Town workshops offered throughout the year.  Learn blacksmithing, soap making, hearth cooking, knitting loom and much more.  Here is how you sink you teeth into these and other quality heritage workshops.

Don’t miss these other annual events:

  • June: Children’s Day and National Trails Day
  • July: Independence Day
  • October: Fall Festival
  • October: Spirits From the Past
  • December: A Christmas Celebration

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2014 by in Heritage Traveler, Jackson County MO, Living History, Missouri, Winter.


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