Historical Christmas Celebrations!

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

Savor a delicious cup of tea at the Belvidere Mansion.

Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Belvidere, a place where history has taken a step back in time and preserved the ambience of the Victorian era within its walls. The Belvidere is a treasure that continues to be preserved, located in the Historical District just one block north of Will Rogers Boulevard. The Belvidere Mansion rises above the surrounding homes as a landmark echoing the history of days gone by.

On November 16, the welcome mat is set out for the Belvidere’s Victorian Christmas season. Gift shopping for that special someone is being made easy as over three thousand items will be ready for purchase. According to Kathy Wilken, gift shop co-manager, gifts are priced below retail. Visitors can find treasures hidden in every corner and during Christmas at the Belvidere, the treasures reflect the vintage glory days. Victorian items like dolls, lace, pictures and ornaments will fill every nook and cranny. “We have candles, lotions (including shea butter) and a wide selection of tea pots available”, said co-manager
Sara Selvy.

The Tea Room located inside the mansion offers scrumptious lunches four days a week. Every Tuesday thru Friday lunch is served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On Fridays, Afternoon High Tea is served from 2-4 p.m. Ladies, don your hats or bonnets and white gloves so you can experience history and culture. “We hope to better serve the mansion guests with this newest addition,” said Wilken. “This is a wonderful opportunity for ladies and their daughters and mothers to gather and enjoy some fresh brewed tea and crumpets or scones,” offered Selvy, “then they can spend the rest of the afternoon locating the treasures they wish to purchase.” The Gift Shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday. This Christmas season, plan to come to the Belvidere and shop, eat and enjoy the ambience as history surrounds your very presence.

The Belvidere Mansion is home for the Claremore Historical Society, where they are presently preserving the details of Claremore’s vast history.    The Belvidere continues to undergo the large undertaking of restoration. The Claremore Historical Society maintains a steady pace towards their goal to preserve the Belvidere for future generations. This task can only be completed with the help of benefactors and proceeds raised from gift shop sales. Preservation is costly and to acquire monetary supplements, a Christmas Show is held every year at the Mansion. Not all of the steps in the preservation process would be possible without the support of volunteers and the community.

Be sure to stop by during the Dickens on the Boulevard where Civil war soldiers and hoop-skirted ladies will be enjoying the hospitality of Belvidere residents. During Dickens, the Belvidere will play host to a regiment of soldiers who have set up encampments on the mansion grounds. Guests are encouraged to engage the motley crew in dialogue to learn more about happenings of the period. A diversion from their war efforts is always welcomed.

Also, note that starting Saturday, November 25, the Tea Room will be open on Saturdays for lunch and Afternoon High Tea during the holiday season.

For more information, contact

The Belvidere Mansion

4th & Chickasaw, Claremore, OK
(918) 342-1127

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