Experience days of old this Sunday in Middletown

Middletown will be the place to experience nostalgia and merriment this Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. during the second annual “‘Merrimint’ in Middletown”.

Organized by the Middletown Heritage Society, the event is designed to be a throwback to days long ago by allowing people to tour historic homes and experience the holidays of old.

“Middletown is such a sweet town. It is a step back in time, like a Hallmark Movie,” said Tess Klimm, president of the society. “The community can come together. People, neighbors and friends can see each other on the street.”

People can tour:

  • The Hoffman House at 7827 Main Street which will be decorated in 1800’s holiday style with carols being played on the antique organ. There will also be tiny gingerbread houses to decorate.
  • Father Christmas will  be waiting at The Wayside Inn with free sugar cookies. Visitors can then listen to a storyteller read “The Mitten” and other Jan Brett books. Allen Dec will be playing harp.
  • A display called “Trees and Trains’ will be puffing away at 7793 Main Street.
  • Guests can then tour the historic George Bell house at 7822 Church St. which was built in the 1820’s. It is within these walls that Dr. John Guyer practiced medicine until 1888, even caring for soldiers wounded in the Civil War.
  • Participants can hear the story of Aunt Caroline’s log cabin on the corner of First and Church streets.
  • Kids of all ages will love to visit the Belle Grove’s historic Manor House which will display an exhibit called “A Celebration of Antique Toys”.
  • The historic St. Thomas Chapel will be open from 1 to 3 p.m.

All events are free with the exception of a small fee to tour the upstairs of the Belle Grove Manor House