A Victorian Christmas Returns to the Ramsey House Beginning Nov. 13

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Release dated: 
October 16, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Place: Alexander Ramsey House

Dates: Nov. 13, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 (Wednesdays through Sundays)
Address: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul MN 55102
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17; $3 discount for MHS members.

Reservations: required, call 651-296-8760 or register online
Email: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse

A Victorian Christmas Returns to the Ramsey House Beginning Nov. 13

Alexander Ramsey House

Be treated to an authentic 1875 Christmas experience this holiday season in the home of Minnesota Territory's first governor and one of the nation's best-preserved Victorian homes. The popular Victorian Christmas program returns this holiday season at the Alexander Ramsey House Nov. 13 through Jan. 1.

Victorian ChristmasThe holiday season provides a special opportunity to be immersed in an authentic Victorian Christmas. Visitors to the Ramsey House will experience the same sights, sounds and smells that the Ramsey family did at Christmas time. Taste freshly baked cookies from the wood-burning stove, view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts and listen to the era's popular holiday music from the family's own Steinway piano. After the tour, visitors may shop in the Carriage House gift shop for replica Victorian ornaments and other unique Christmas items.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the house daily during open hours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $7 for ages 6-17 and a $3 discount for MHS members. These tours are very popular, so reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 651-296-8760 or by purchasing tickets online. The Ramsey House is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Ramsey House OrnamentAbout the Alexander Ramsey House

The Alexander Ramsey House is located at 265 S. Exchange St. one block south of West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul. One of the nation’s best preserved Victorian-era houses, the home offers a glimpse into the 1870s life of Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, and his family. Completed in 1872, the Ramsey home possessed the very latest in modern amenities, such as hot and cold running water and gas lighting. Alexander Ramsey's wife, Anna Ramsey, furnished the home with items purchased during an extravagant shopping spree in New York shortly after the home's completion. The rebuilt carriage house contains a gift shop. The home is open during the holiday season for regular tours. For more information, call 651-296-8760.

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