Historical Happy Holidays!

All across Townsend, trees are being decorated, cookies are baking, people are strategically hanging up mistletoe, and last week’s blizzard and this week’s impending heat wave are sparring to decide whether it’s going to be a white Christmas! It’s that jolly time of year again when we create what Charles Dickens might have called the Post of Christmas Past!

In this gallery you’ll be able to find some cheerful Christmas cards and historical photos from Townsend’s Yuletides of yore!

We’re so thankful to our members and friends who have shown such incredible kindness and generosity throughout this challenging year. All of us from the Townsend Historical Society wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

For some holiday fun we’ve found a photograph from our archives of a very peaceful Christmas Eve at the Wood Farm in 1938. Presents under the beautifully decorated tree, birch logs stacked up by the fireplace, a nice old-fashioned radio, and check out that toboggan leaning against the wall! That’s sure to make some lucky kid’s Christmas morning! The only things missing are the stockings, which are hopefully soon to be hung by the chimney with care!
A card from Christmastime, 1936 from Margaret, Donald, Jane, and Ann Fessenden.
A 1945 Christmas card from Adelaide and Dick Battin, donated to the Historical Society by Jill Crocker. Thank you for the lovely gift, a little window into a festive scene from Townsend’s past!
The reverse side of this Christmas card reads: “First Parsonage after it was remodeled in the 1930s by Ruth Fessenden. Her daughter, Ruth Onthank and her family lived there until the Earle Bagleys bought it about 1950 and they lived there until early 60s.”

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