The event is part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Smyrna with decorations from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, holiday music, refreshments, children's crafts and a visit from Santa.
Belmont Hall, the site of meetings by the Delaware legislature during the Revolutionary War era, will be open for holiday tours today, Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m., at 217 Smyrna Leipsic Road, just east of U.S. Route 13 in Smyrna.
"Christmas at Belmont Hall" is part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Smyrna with decorations from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, holiday music, refreshments and more.
Children can visit Mr. and Mrs. Santa and have a photo taken, listen to readings of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and make a tree ornament.
Tom Welch will portray Smyrna’s Allen McLane, who fought for America’s freedom during the Revolutionary War.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students in grades K-12. Admission is free for members of the Friends of Belmont Hall.
Formerly the home of Thomas Collins, Belmont Hall was the scene of many patriotic meetings during the Revolutionary War era. Caesar Rodney, Allen McLane, Col. John Haslett, Lt. Col. Charles Pope, John Dickinson, Thomas McKean and Judge Richard Bassett were among the patriots who attended these meetings.
In 1776, Collins invited the Assembly (Committee of Safety) to meet at Belmont Hall since Tory and British hostilities had made it too dangerous to meet in Delaware’s first capital city, New Castle. Thus Belmont Hall is called the first meeting place of the Delaware Assembly (legislature).
For more information, see the website belmonthall.org or call (302) 264-9048.