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St. Patrick's Day Flyer

St. Patrick's Day Event

The St. Patrick's Day Party is always a fun event. A social hour begins one half hour prior to our traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Enjoy live Celtic Music, fun games, and other activities. The party will be held in the Mansion Garden area, weather permitting, or in the Mansion Basement. Call the McHenry Mansion Gift Store/Visitor Center for date and time information and watch for our event flyer here and on our Facebook page.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Christmas Tea Event

Christmas Tea

Get in the Holiday spirit at our McHenry Mansion Christmas Tea. The Tea is held on the first Tuesday in December. There will be two seatings, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Make your reservations early as seating is limited. Call our Gift Store/Visitor Center for specific dates and times and reservation information.

Candlelight Tours

Tour the McHenry Mansion by candlelight, decorated in all its Christmas finery. The tours are held on the second weekend of December. The tours begin at 5:00 pm and the last entrance is at 7:30 pm. Learn the history of all your favorite holiday traditions, including Christmas trees, candles, candy canes, gingerbread houses, poinsettias, stockings, and many more. Look for our flyer at the top of the page or call our Gift Store/Visitor Center for specific dates, times, and cost. Follow us on Facebook.

Candlelight Tours

Mansion with Independence Day Decorations

Independence Day

The Mansion will be open on July 4th. Tours before and after the parade, 8:30 to 10:00 am and 11:30 to 12:30 pm.

The McHenry Mansion will be decked out in red, white, and blue bunting to celebrate the 4th of July. As in the past, the Mansion will be open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. until the parade reaches the Mansion. It will be open for approximately half an hour after the parade ends.

The McHenry Mansion Foundation will be operating a food booth on 15th Street. Hot dogs, sodas, water, donuts, coffee, and ice cream will be available.

So watch the parade under the shady elms on the I street side of the Mansion, tour the Mansion while you are waiting for the parade, and have a hot dog.

Morbid Obsession

Morbid Obsession is Back! For a different Halloween Experience, take a self-guided, one-of-a-kind tour through the McHenry Mansion where you will experience the Victorian Way of Death including Strange Funeral Customs. Most funerals took place in the family residence. The McHenry’s were no exception. Express your condolences to Mrs. McHenry standing by the open casket of dearly departed Robert McHenry. Learn about the “fashionable disease”—Consumption. For some, consumption or tuberculosis as we call it today, ended in a swift death. For others, it became a lingering illness, and for others, there were no symptoms. (Sound familiar?)

Morbid Obsession

For the Victorians, it was important to remember the dead. This could be done by preserving the deceased’s hair in a locket or brooch or a hair wreath. With the advent of photography, post-mortem photographs were in demand, particularly if no pictures were taken when the person was alive. Many times, the bodies were posed with other family members as if they were alive. A gallery of these photographs awaits you.

The custom of wearing black was a way to let friends and strangers know that you have lost a member of your family. Learn about the rules for appropriate attire.

19th Century embalming came into its own due to the Civil War.

See a portable embalming bed and equipment that could be used in the home. See lithographs of major Presidential funerals: Lincoln, Garfield, and Grant.

Then there are the cemeteries, spiritualists, and much more!

The dates are Thursday, October 24th, Friday, October 25th, and Saturday, October 26th, 2024. Tours start at 5:30 p.m., and the last entrance is at 7:30pm. Cost is $10 per person.