By Cody Willoughby
TROY — The Museum of Troy History will hold an open house on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, in conjunction with the Overfield Tavern Museum holiday dinner. The open house will run from 4-8 p.m. on both days, and will be free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.
The parlor will feature special decorations for the Christmas season, including vintage ornaments collected on a fir tree and feather tree. Three of the late John Lafferty’s miniature buildings will also be on display. Constructed in the 1980s, the detailed modulars include a Victorian house, church, and general store, and feature full electric lighting.
Doug Tremblay, who serves as president of the board, considers the buildings to be a flagship attraction for the museum, which are now being displayed every year.
“The buildings began from basic kits, but all of the internal furnishings were the work of Mr. Lafferty,” Tremblay said. “John Lafferty had retired early, and this was what kept him busy for quite a while. He had a friend who did a lot of the furniture upholstering. The dinnerware on display is made from real silver. Many of the framed photos were taken from old postage stamps and labels. He even snuck little images of his wife and kids throughout the house. The detail on these buildings is just tremendous.”
Other items on display will include a 1900 parlor piano, a 1900 reed pump organ, and a collection of vintage and antique children’s toys from yesteryear, such as dolls and dollhouses, board games, model trains, cast-iron figures, and ice skates. Both floors of the museum will be available for viewing to the public, with all of the location’s regular artifacts on display.
The Museum of Troy History, located on East Water Street in Troy, is set in the restored 1847 home of John Kitchen, with all rooms furnished in mid-1800 to mid-1900 styles.
For more information, visit museumoftroyhistory.org.