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Toy trains are the them of Historical Society open house

December 15, 2005

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The rhythmic whirr of miniature trains will highlight the Waynesboro Historical Society's Christmas Open House at the society's headquarters, the Oller House, 138 W. Main St.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The 1892 Queen Anne-style Victorian house will glow with candles in every window. Boughs of greenery and beautiful holiday decorations will add to the old-fashioned Christmas spirit.

The theme this year is "Christmas Trains," and several tracks throughout the house will hum with dozens of toy train cars - an endless fascination for old and young alike. On the third floor, children can play with toy trains in a special "hands-on" play area.

Seasonal decorations, coordinated by Ann Miller, continue the train theme. In addition, glittery snowflakes, shiny multi-colored bead garlands, and old-fashioned tin icicles add sparkle to the event.

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The tree in the circular bay window will glow with old-fashioned ornaments, and classic red plaid taffeta swags will adorn windows and the grand winding staircase. A favorite of Britain's Queen Victoria, Scottish Tartan plaids were very popular during the Victorian period.

Train memorabilia and collectibles will be on display, said exhibits coordinator, Anita Pfeuffer. "Some items are from local collectors, and pertain to classic toy trains such as Lionel. Other items, such as vintage schedules, are related to real trains, like the Cumberland Valley and Western Maryland Railroads."

Open house hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information, call the historical society at 717-762-1747.

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