Historic Odessa Celebrates The 175th Anniversary Of Charles Dickens' Classic

“A Christmas Carol, In Prose,
Being A Ghost Story Of Christmas”
On View Now To Dec. 30

November 30, 2018

This holiday season the Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF) in Odessa, Del., will be having a Dickens of a Christmas as it celebrates the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ indelible classic “A Christmas Carol, In Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas,” first published in 1843. HOF’s 2018 Christmas Holiday Tours and Special Exhibit will run through Sunday, Dec. 30.
Visitors will be transported into Charles Dickens’ powerful Christmas tale of redemption as the 244-year old Corbit-Sharp House is transformed into the world of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge with vignettes to include depictions of his counting house; his lodgings; the festive Mr. Fezziwig’s ball; the austere house of Tiny Tim; the parlor of Scrooge’s nephew, Fred; and the cemetery.
All of the Historic Houses of Odessa are open and on full festive display for the 2018 holiday season, including special school and family tours and events celebrating “A Christmas Carol,” a special exhibit in the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House (c. 1774), and the Storybook Trees exhibit in the Wilson-Warner House (1769).
For the past 32 years, Historic Odessa has celebrated children’s literature by recreating scenes from the classics in one of its 18th-century museum houses. Visiting members of the public have been treated to the literary works of Louisa May Alcott, P.L. Travers, Beatrix Potter, Tasha Tudor, Washington Irving, and Lewis Carroll, to name a few.
In order to go green, the HOF is seeking old holiday ornaments and decorations. The foundation is once again calling on the community to donate old holiday ornaments and decorations from now through Dec. 30. Funds from the resale of the donated holiday decorations during the 54th annual Christmas in Odessa will directly support HOF’s Living History Education program and workshops that provide students in kindergarten through fifth grade a hands-on perspective of 18th- and 19th-century life in a rural American village. The program workshops have expanded to accommodate regional schools, homeschoolers, youth organizations, and summer camps.
Ornaments and decorations can be dropped off anytime through Dec. 30 at the Historic Odessa Bank/Visitors Center located at Second and Main streets, Odessa, Del.
Admission to the Historic Odessa Foundation holiday tours is $10 for adults and $8 for groups, seniors, and students; HOF members and children under 6 will be admitted free of charge.
The Historic Houses of Odessa are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The last full tour of the Historic Houses starts at 3 p.m. The houses will be closed on Mondays, Dec. 24 and 31, and Tuesday, Dec. 25.
About the Historic Houses of Odessa
The Historic Odessa Foundation owns and operates The Historic Houses of Odessa, a 72-acre enclave of 18th- and 19th-century structures located in the town of Odessa, just 2 miles from DE 1 and off U.S. Route 13 in southern New Castle County, Del. The historic buildings and gardens along with a well-documented collection of more than 6,000 objects and furnishings offer a unique picture of Delaware’s colonial period in a rural village that played a vital part in America’s commercial history. The original town of Odessa, originally known as Cantwell’s Bridge, has retained much of its 18th-century charm and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to a National Historic Landmark and two National Park Service Network to Freedom sites.
For information on the Historic Odessa Foundation’s 2018 Christmas Holiday Tours and events, call 302-378-4119 or visit www.historicodessa.org.
Photos are illustrations by John Leech for the first edition of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” 1843.


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