Dec. 8 - Historic Westwood Open House and Holiday Market

Join us at Historic Westwood on Sunday, December 8 for an annual family tradition. Experience a Gilded-age Christmas with holiday music and refreshments as well as our first-ever holiday market. See the beautiful Victorian Christmas tree with over 200 hand-stitched ornaments made by the Knoxville Embroider’s Guild. This event is free and open to the public from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The grand c. 1890 home of John and Adelia Lutz will be filled with beautiful holiday decorations, including a tree featuring handmade Victorian ornaments created by the Knoxville Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. Enjoy a fine collection of Adelia Lutz’s artwork in her Studio, the signature room of the house.

Our first-ever holiday market will feature an assortment of decorations for sale.

Free parking is available at the adjacent Laurel Church of Christ located at 3457 Kingston Pike.


THE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TREE AT WESTWOOD

Historic Westwood, built in 1891, welcomes visitors to a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 8 – 12 to 4 pm.

Historic Westwood features an elaborate Victorian Christmas tree hung with over 200 hand-stitched ornaments made by the Knoxville Embroiderers’ Guild.

The ornaments are patterned after typical Victorian designs popular in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The most important decorations for children at that time were candy and small toys, so Victorian homemakers stitched pouches, small bags, or cone-shaped containers out of leftover scraps of velvet, brocade, ribbons, and lace to display them.

Guild members replicated these designs using 20 different kinds of needlework and beading.  So-called Christmas “poppers” or “crackers” also adorn the tree. These ornaments stowed sweets and toys in a tube that was covered with colored paper or fabric.  Elegant Victorian dolls wearing fancy, hand-stitched clothing sit under the tree.