THOMASTON — After three days of hard work by 40 employees and volunteers, the halls were decked at Knox Museum for the yearly holiday happenings.

Executive Director Lee Heffner said this tradition of decorating the museum for the Christmas season and hosting holiday events has been occurring for about ten years. The annual holiday preview party where holiday revelers, some in period-correct costume, can be among the first to see that year’s decorations and enjoy holiday music, food and drinks, occurred Friday night, Dec. 2. Heffner said the party was a success, as evidenced by the lack of leftovers.

Located on a hill at the corner of routes 1 and 131 in Thomaston, the Henry Knox Museum is a careful replica of the original Montpelier estate where General Henry and Lucy Knox lived after Henry retired in 1795. That home, built along the St. George River on land Lucy inherited from her family, was torn down by the state in 1871.

General Henry Knox was a Founding Father and Revolutionary War hero who played pivotal roles in numerous important battles and later became the Secretary of War for George Washington after the country gained independence. He is the namesake of Knox County as well as Fort Knox in both Maine and Kentucky.

Heffner said it is a very close replica of the original estate, and described the museum as a testament to the hard work of the volunteers involved. The construction and funding of the museum, completed in 1929, ultimately came down to the hard work and dedication of local volunteers and organizations like the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Some furniture and items in Knox Museum are even original pieces from that historic Montpelier estate, Heffner said. These were saved by various Thomaston residents before the mansion was demolished and then later donated to the museum.

That commitment to preserving and sharing local history in Thomaston continues today at the General Henry Knox Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which runs on volunteer time and energy.

The Knox Museum is open for a second weekend open house Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission and donations of canned and dry goods accepted for the Thomaston Food Pantry.

Outside, holiday lights and electric candles will illuminate the façade and outdoor adornments each evening until Jan. 6, 2023 as the Lights Over Montpelier event.

Outside these holiday events, the museum is open for tours from the end of May to the start of October.

For more information, visit knoxmuseum.org.

Docent Bailey Adolphsen of Appleton is garbed in period-correct clothing for the Knox Museum open house, Thomaston, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

A holiday garland tops the kitchen fireplace at Thomaston’s General Knox Museum, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Holiday decorations on the desk in Henry’s office at Knox Museum in Thomaston, while his in-laws look on from portraits above, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

A decorated and illuminated Christmas tree stands next to the pianoforte in the withdrawing room at Knox Museum in Thomaston, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Festive and elegant holiday decor adorns the dining room fireplace at Montpelier in Thomaston, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

A Christmas tree stands in the center of the children’s room at Knox Museum in Thomaston, adorned with handmade ornaments for the holiday open house, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds

The exterior of Knox Museum in Thomaston, decorated with garland for the 2022 holiday season, Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Christine Simmonds