The Robbins Hunter Museum, a center of holiday activity during the months of November and December, will be shining bright thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Granville Community Foundation. The grant will cover the cost of design, installation, take-down, and storage of the Museum’s annual holiday light display.
Holiday lights at the Robbins Hunter Museum are a popular Granville attraction during the holiday season. This year’s lights will complement the Museum’s “Experience the Magic” celebration which will include a Hanukkah exhibit, gingerbread workshop, candlelight tours, and visits with Santa. Visitors will also be amazed by the 1870’s Christmas tree in the Main Parlor complete with handmade reproduction ornaments, much like the Downers would have used during their time in the house. The Octagon Room will feature the popular 1950’s tree typical of Robbins Hunter’s era, filled with original ornaments from a local collector. In addition, other trees will be themed on the Museum’s garden, suffragette Victoria Woodhull, and a memorial to men from Licking County who gave their lives in World War I.
Robbins Hunter Museum Director, Ann Lowder, notes that annual holiday festivities draw more than 8,000 people to the museum during the six weeks that the display is up. In 2016, the day of the Candlelight Walking Tour, more than 3,000 visitors came through the doors of the old mansion and roughly 1500 more children, parents, and grandparents visited Santa. She notes that the display of lights outside the Museum will enhance the Museum’s attractions and add to the festive atmosphere of Broadway.
The Robbins Hunter Museum is open Wed.-Sat., from 1-4PM. Admission is free. To learn more about holiday events at the Robbins Hunter Museum, visit robbinshunter.org