Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, welcomes friends and families to their Holiday open house, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.  4 and 5. Admission is free both days.

Spinning wheels hum in the 1790’s kitchen. Sample holiday refreshments in the Exhibition Room filled with the aroma of traditional orange, apple and cinnamon. Fresh baked goods, and items from the Museum Gift Shop, are available; remember Montpelier members get a 10 percent discount on all purchases in the shop.

Andrus Flowers provided the center piece for the refreshment table; Georgene Arbour of Weskeag Farms has decorated the Exhibition Room with wreaths for each of the windows and Diana George Chapin and Sandy George of Heirloom Garden of Maine have decorated the Oval Room and Dining Room.

The General Henry Knox Museum’s volunteers Lysbeth Andrews, Barbara Backus, Suzi Barbee, Mary Ann Carey, Deborah Cotton, Bruce Habel, Pat Kristiansen, Signe Mather, Ann Perkins, John Rollins, Bob Shotwell and Anne Williams have decorated the salon, hallway and grand double staircase, the library, the withdrawing room, Caroline’s bedroom, the 1790’s kitchen and the gift shop.

A special invitation is extended to children and families each afternoon for a one-hour story featuring period books at the Holiday open House on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. Children will make tri-cornered hats and mob caps and settle in to listen to how, on Christmas Day in 1776, Gen. Washington and Gen. Knox crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attach on the Hessian soldiers. Other holiday and winter stories will include “Hanukkah at Valley Forge” and “Dangerous Crossing.”

Several musical groups will perform seasonal and period music. Saturday’s scheduled performers are:

  • 1 to 2 p.m., “Castlebay”, with Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee;
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Harpist Mary Chamberlain.

Sunday’s Scheduled performers are:

  • 2 to 3 p.m., Oliver Curtis leads Harborside Harmony, a local a cappella singing group;
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Harpist Mary Chamberlain