Monday, December 15, 2014

Osborne Homestead decked out for the holidays

The Osborne Homestead Museum located on 500 Hawthorne Ave in Derby is festooned for the holidays.  Each year six regional garden clubs get together to decorate the house in accordance with a theme, this year the theme is music... and they are celebrating Holiday at the Symphony!

Each room if the Osborne Homestead showcases the different musical components of the symphony orchestra.  Upon entering the museum, visitors will see and learn about the musical instrument families and the Osborne family's influence in the music industry.  
Frances Osborne Kellogg, an accomplished violinist and secretary of the National Association of Conductors and Composers shared her love of music with the community by bringing world-renowned performers and opera singers to the Sterling Opera House in Derby.  She was also the founder of the Derby Choral Society and hired the distinguished  Yale composer, Horatio Parker to direct the choral club. This years holiday decorations showcase the love of Frances' and her family's love of music.

Recently renovated, the Osborne Homestead built in the mid.-1800's encompasses the former Frances Osborne Kellogg Estate. This house was enlarged and remodeled in the Colonial Revival style during the 1920s.  The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the interior displays original contents of the estate that includes fine antiques and paintings.
This festive house tour, with each room lavishly decorated are sure to inspire you to decorate your home or apartment. The tours are free of charge although donations are appreciated.  Tours of the house are available on Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 20.  For a special treat, take one of the twilight house tours on Friday, December 12 and 19.  If you will be touring the house with a group of 8 or more people, please call ahead 203-734-2513 to reserve a tour date and time.
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