POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — An area Christmas tradition wraps up this weekend as the lights at the West Virginia State Farm Museum will be burning only through this Sunday night.
The museum, located north of Point Pleasant next the the county fair grounds, has over one million lights adorning the displays which reflect a simpler time in life – from a blacksmith shop to a one-room schoolhouse.
As of Friday afternoon, the farm museum staff estimated 3,000 people had already visited the light display which has only been open since Dec. 9. The show is open from 6-9 p.m. and will run nightly through this Sunday, Dec. 18. Visitors can walk the grounds or drive through the display, which comes in “handy” if the weather is inclement or just plain cold.
There is no admission fee to explore the museum’s Christmas light display though donations are appreciated. The event is completely organized by volunteers and is meant to serve as a “thank you” to the community for its support throughout the year.
Volunteers even “work the barrel,” standing near a fire at the gate, taking donations and passing out information on upcoming events at the museum. Santa Claus is also in the Country Kitchen each night to meet with children, their parents and even a few pooches. Free cookies and hot chocolate are also offered in the kitchen. The Country Store is open from 6-9 p.m. each night as well.
Organizers at the farm museum say it has become a tradition for families to visit their display, as well destinations like Gallipolis In Lights at City Park and the Krodel Park Christmas Light Show in Point Pleasant, all in one round trip.
“People make a night of it,” farm museum staff stated.
When visiting the farm museum, keep an eye out for not only historic buildings wrapped in Christmas lights, but antique tractors and farm equipment also aglow. The blacksmith shop hosts a Nativity scene which is known to house a live cat which lives on the museum grounds. Oh, and don’t forget to look for Mothman roosting on a roof while driving past one of the buildings – just find the red eyes.
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