Harmony Hall gets dressed up for the holidays

Erin Smith Staff writer

December 9, 2013

WHITE OAK — While Old Man Winter made his presence felt in Bladen County during the weekend, he couldn’t dampen the holiday festivities at Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak.

The home, once owned by Col and Mrs. James Richardson, was decorated in its holiday finery and a warm glow from the fireplaces greeted visitors as they stepped into the home.

One of the organizers, Sunday Allen, said that the decorations used in the home were similar to those one might see in the Colonial period. She added that the fruits, nuts, and other items used in creating the decorations were items that would have been available to families in the 1700s and 1800s.

The members of the East Bladen High School History Club helped with researching and creating the decorations.

“We had a wonderful crowd,” said Allen. “We had a lot of first-time visitors and a lot of return guests.”

She added that to the disappointment of the volunteers they opted not to light the planned bonfires due to the weather.

Field Marshal Bobby Lewis said that seven re-enactors made the trip and braved the elements to help with house tours, outdoor camp cooking demonstrations as well as explaining their role as militia.

Lenny Moore of Greensboro operated the blacksmith’s forge delighting folks with his hand-forged implements. He can be found operating the forge at Harmony Hall the first Sunday of each month.

First-time visitors Pete Paggetti and Maria Driscoll of Fayetteville enjoyed the house tour on Sunday.

“This is our first time we have been here,” said Driscoll.

She added they plan to return to tour the home again in the future. Driscoll said the couple enjoys touring historic sites and learning about the history of the area.