Bedford Historical Society

Christmas In Bedford Falls: A Centennial Christmas

During Christmas in Bedford Falls, stop by the historic Dunham House to experience “A Centennial Christmas.”

Visit the Tucker and Thompson families as they get ready to celebrate the 1876 Holiday Season with family and friends. Mrs. Tucker will be making a Christmas craft for visiting children from 1 to 2 PM and a 19th Century Children’s Christmas story will be read at 3 PM. During this unique immersion experience the Dunham House will be trimmed for a Victorian Christmas in celebration of 1876 as “the year of the century!” Come for the entertainment; leave with an education. Also on-hand will be Helen Pratt, giving a demonstration and historic overview of the Feather Christmas Tree. While you’re there, browse the Museum Shop & Emporium to purchase books on local history, vintage Christmas ornaments, and prints.

 

1832 Hezekiah Dunham House

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Located on Broadway Avenue across from the Bedford City Commons, the Dunham House was built by prosperous early settler, Hezekiah Dunham whose influence helped form the Village of Bedford in 1837. Dunham donated several parcels of land for public use including the Bedford City Commons.

The house has been restored to the 1876 Centennial period reflected in the City’s Seal, Spirit of “76, the famous work of Bedford native son, Archibald Willard.

The Dunham House has a long history, including its use as the home to Richard Sedlon, a 20th Century Bedford artist. Several of Sedlon’s works are on exhibit in the Town Hall Museum.

The Hezekiah Dunham House is a brick Georgian mansion built by one of Bedford’s early settlers. The house was restored mainly by volunteer labor in the 1980s to 2000. Furnishings in the house reflect three periods of occupancy; 1840s, 1900 and 1950. It is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

Significant Collections within the Hezekiah Dunham House Museum:

Restored 1832 home has duplicated stenciling;
Period furniture from mid 1800s;
Period dining furniture from 1900;
1950 artist’s studio with Richard Sedlon artifacts and original artwork.zekiah Dunham House is a brick Georgian mansion built by one of Bedford's early settlers. The house was restored mainly by volunteer labor in the 1980s to 2000. Furnishings in the house reflect three periods of occupancy; 1840s, 1900 and 1950. It is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

Significant Collections within the Hezekiah Dunham House Museum:

  • Restored 1832 home has duplicated stenciling;
  • Period furniture from mid 1800s;
  • Period dining furniture from 1900;
  • 1950 artist's studio with Richard Sedlon artifacts and original artwork.
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