Some people say visiting the Empire mine state historic park for Holidays at Empire Mine is like walking through an old fashioned Christmas card. For over two decades the event has been a popular answer for where to take the family and visitors for the days after Thanksgiving. Bob Jennings has been preparing the park for the annual event for the last few years.
The Bourn family cottage and the mine yard will be open with black smithies making baubles and roasting chestnuts. Santa will also be available in the club house which will be decorated with the authentic ornaments actually used by the Bourn family. They are delivered to the park each year by the State Parks Curator.
People in period costume will also be in the Bourn Cottage and it is also decorated and open for tours.
Something special this year, heritage roses that are scattered about the park have been propagated by the gardeners and will be available for sale, according to volunteer Marsha Lewis who says the entire park is full of spectacular color.
Holidays at Empire Mine is Friday, November 27th, and Saturday , November 28th, with special activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days. Admission is $7 adults 17 and over, $3 for children 6-16, Free admission for children under 6.