The grand Victorian mansion built in 1877 by Thomaston banker C. Sidney Smith at 277 Main St. will be the setting for Thomaston Historical Society’s 2010 Home for the Holidays open house event on Dec. 3 and 4. This beautiful, recently restored home has stood opposite the Thomaston Mall since 1877. Its Italianate details, high ceilings, and Thomaston marble fireplace surrounds, combined with festive holiday decorations, will create a warm and elegant ambiance for visitors.

The two-day Home for the Holidays event will include a preview reception on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. with music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a brief talk on history of the Smith house, and an open house on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a silent auction of items and gift certificates donated by local individuals and businesses running throughout the two days, and a group of slate tiles that are hand painted with Thomaston scenes will be available for purchase.

“We are honored that the historical society has selected our home for this year’s holiday house tour. We hope everyone will enjoy the festivities and appreciate our restoration of this historic Thomaston house,” said homeowners Jeff and Valerie Allis in a press release.

Advance tickets for the preview reception and Saturday open house can be purchased by calling 801-354-6924. Tickets for the preview reception, which must be purchased in advance, are $20 per person ($18 for THS members). Tickets for the Saturday open house are $10 each ($8 for THS members), and they can be ordered in advance or purchased at the door on the day of the event.

All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will go to Thomaston Historical Society’s Knox Farmhouse restoration and maintenance fund.

Please call 354-6924 or (805)795-0353 for more details. Further information is also available at www.thomastonhistoricalsociety.com.