Adaland Mansion holds Christmas open house


The Adaland Mansion in Barbour County held an open house and Christmas sale Saturday.  

The nearly 150-year-old house was decorated from top to bottom with decorative Christmas trees and other decorations. 

It took over a week to get the house completely decorated, but regular volunteers had extra help, including more than a dozen players from the Alderson Broaddus football team. 

Visitors on Saturday could purchase hand-crafted items, like village pieces or dolls, as well as baked goods.

Those funds going towards general upkeep of the house. 

“Today, I’m just thrilled that so many children showed up, because this is the first year we’ve had Santa Claus. And we are emphasizing children coming and reading. Giving them a book and some treats to take home with them,” said Jeannie Mozley, the mansion’s House Manager. 

“And then Jeannie herself, is not talking about this, but she did a storybook tree. Gathered little figures and put them on little slabs and tied them into the tree. And it’s beautiful, it’s up in the child’s room. So there are at least three very original tress that you couldn’t find anywhere else,” said Ann Seraphin, the Executive Director.

Santa Claus was there to get wish lists from on the nice list. 

All volunteers were pleased with how the mansion turned out. 

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