This year’s Old Fashioned Holidays theme is “The Nutcracker
Suite” and we invite you and your family to visit the beautifully
decorated rooms of the historic Foster Armstrong House. Tours of
the circa 1790’s house will be held Saturdays and Sundays,
November 25th and 26th, and December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th from
This year guests will be greeted by a multitude of gingerbread
men in our front keeping room, not to eat, but to look at, smell
and enjoy! Our next room features “The Nutcracker Suite”,
a display of nutcrackers will surround a tree which is filled with
the characters from the ballet story. A Victorian themed tree will
grace our Montague Township Room with old glass ornaments from the
past. The “Winter Wonderland”, a dazzling white tree
decorated with and the beloved holiday story “The Night Before
Christmas” in mind waits in the center hallway.
Model railroad trains will be running in the front Armstrong Room
with many vintage train pieces and a special silver tree will be
on display. Our always popular annual scavenger hunt will be scattered
throughout all of the displays for the delight of both children
and adults! This year it will be based from the children’s
story, “The Gingerbread Man”.
There will also be three special musical presentations this year.
On Sunday, November 26 from 1 – 4pm, the Skylands Dulcimer
String Band, a five person acoustical band that plays a mix of Folk,
Celtic, Appalachian and Classical music. This is a new special holiday
program for our historical society. Students from the Bell Choir
at the Montague Elementary School, directed by music teacher Mrs.
Jody Taylor, will host their annual performance on Saturday, December
9th at 2:00. Our finale is a forte from the very popular “Harmony
in Motion” group who will be caroling on our closing day,
Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 until 3:30. Please do not miss these
exclusive dates at the Foster Armstrong House!
Our gift shop, The Foster General Store, will be open during tours
with handmade items for sale from our historic crafters and local
artisans. Also available for purchase will be a number of rare and
limited edition books from our collection.