Christmas candlelight tours of John Wood Mansion to be offered on two weekends

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 5:55 pm

QUINCY -- Christmas candlelight tours of the John Wood Mansion will be given on two consecutive weekends in December.

The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County said that tours will be available from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22.

Reservations are not needed for the free tours, which will be offered in an open house format.

In the event of rain, the visitors center will be open for those who want to wait inside, instead of outside, before touring the mansion.

The society said the Christmas candlelight tours will commemorate the 200th birthday anniversary of Mary Todd Lincoln by featuring Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln-era dolls. Mrs. Lincoln's birthday is Dec. 13.

Several china-head dolls of the same period will adorn the Greek Revival home of John Wood, Quincy's founder who went on to become the 12th governor of Illinois.

The mansion also is filled with Wood family heirlooms and other period furnishings and will be decorated for the holidays.

The tours also will feature holiday music and light refreshments.

Local musicians Zeke and Carol Howerter will perform period music on both Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22. Carol Howerter will play the 1875 Magnussen & Co. parlor organ and the 1844 melodeon in the dining room.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Kayla Obert will perform holiday music in contemporary and classic styles on Friday, Dec. 14, while the River Strings -- violin students from Javaux Music School -- will perform Friday, Dec. 21. The students range in age from 10 to 17 and perform classical, fiddling, folk and pop music along with Christmas tunes.

The Christmas candlelight tours are sponsored by the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation of Quincy Media, Inc.