"1894: A Christmas Wedding" exhibit opens - Sam Bell Maxey House

Dec 2 2014 (All day)


Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for children 6-18, Free for children 5 and under

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
812 South Church Street
Paris  Texas  75460

Maxey House exterior with holiday decorations

December 1894 was a busy time at the Maxey House. Not only were the Maxeys preparing to celebrate Christmas at the end of the month, but they were also preparing for their great-nephew, Sam Bell Maxey Long, and his new bride, Lala, to move into the house with them.

To celebrate the Longs’ 120th wedding anniversary, visitors to the Maxey House during the month of December will experience the house during this time period—when the Christmas decorations went up and the upstairs bedrooms were readied for the newlyweds returning from their honeymoon.

“1894: A Christmas Wedding” will highlight how the Maxeys celebrated Christmas during the late 1800s, including traditional Victorian Christmas customs, as well as the arrival of the Longs as a newlywed couple into the house after their Dec. 12th wedding and subsequent honeymoon.

The exhibit will be on view Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. throughout the month of December.