Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc. will assist Fort New Salem in preserving and advancing the educational, historical, cultural and social aspects of Nineteenth Century West(ern) Virginia.

 

 

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Click here of downloadable PDF about last years Spirit of Christmas 2016

It is the season of celebration and we will once again host the Spirit of Christmas in the Mountains celebration on two weekends. Please mark your calendar to visit us Saturday, November 25th, Sunday, November 26th, Saturday, December 2nd, and Sunday, December 3rd.

Each day will have its unique flavor. Here is the latest pre-schedule (which is subject to change without notice)

 2017 SCHEDULE

11/25

11/26

12/2

12/3

Acme Toons Company (music)        
Bag Pipe Music        

Basket Making

       

Belsnickle

X X X X

Blacksmithing

X X X X

Candle Making (hands on)

X X X X

Caroling at Tree Lighting

X X X X
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire X X X X
Corn Shelling and Cracking X X X X

Dulcimer Performance

       
Flax Demonstration Demons        

Gift Shop & Coffee

X X X X
Guitar Performance        

Gingerbread Man Decoration (hands on)

X X X X

Herbologist

       

Historic Interpreters

X X X X

Open Hearth Cooking

       

Print Shop

X X X X
Professional Photography Setting (fees apply)        

Refreshments (including hot wassel, hot chocolate )

X X X X

Spinning

       

Stocks (photo opportunity)

X X X X

Story Telling

X X X X

Tinsmith

X X X X
Toy Demonstration (hands on) X X X X
Traditional Tree Lighting with Grand Processional X X X X

Weaving

       

This event was brought to you in 2017 by the Fort New Salem Foundation, Clarksburg Printing LLC, Harrison County Commission, Martin Ventures, LLC / EastGate Used Cars, LLC and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

We will have 14 cabins open. We have opportunities for visitors to purchase and make their own candle as well as decorated a gingerbread man.

Beginning 2 PM each day, journey with us back in time to Christmas in the Appalachian frontier of the mid- 19th century. Festivities feature music provided by area choirs, gifts for sale, weaving, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, Belsnickeling and a traditional tree lighting with our grand processional..

Our traditional Christmas Tree lighting is a visitor favorite and perhaps the most inspiring of our customs of Christmas. We cap each day’s celebration at sundown with Gaily-dressed revelers lighting candles arrayed upon an outdoor evergreen.  The sight of this lighting of the candles as carolers proclaim the season will move visitors.

Another unique aspect of our celebration is Belsnickeling, a tradition practiced in certain German settlements of West Virginia, features costumed and masked mummers who will roam from house to house demanding attention and favors.  Appearances of the Der Belsnickel and his band of roving mummers, a noisy and colorful group, are throughout the day during our celebration.

Our Spirit of Christmas in the Mountains is a celebration of the historic and cultural folkways of the Scotch – Irish, English, and German settlers in West Virginia.  This celebration blends the seasonal customs of these settlers into a panorama of music, foods, and heritage skills, along with the life styles that represent the diversity of beliefs and traditions of the season.  Visitors will see a domestic setting representing family customs of ethnic origins, reflected in the preparation of special foods, making of decorations and methods of celebration.  Heritage skills are demonstrated in our community’s blacksmith shop and Old Kitchen.  Modern interpretations of heritage crafts are also for sale from local craftspeople located in several of the Fort’s buildings.

General admission is $5 with children 10 & under admitted free with paying adult.

 

Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc.    PO Box 186 Salem, WV 26426   foundation@fortnewsalemfoundation.org

Executive Director      304-695-2220