“We have Spring at the Homestead, Harvest at the Homestead and then Christmas at the Cabin, where we interpret life in the mid-1800s,” Red Top Interpretive Ranger Marcus Toft said. “So we’ll have blacksmithing, some open-hearth cooking ... [and] dutch oven cooking.
“Outside we have a Boy Scout group that’s coming and they’re going to demonstrate some leatherwork and ... tying things together making big tables out of sticks and branches, that sort of thing. And then the main event, of course, is having Santa Claus there. Most of the time, people will bring their own camera and they can get a great [free] picture ... but if they want one done by a professional photographer, there’s that option as well.”
For Red Top Resource Manager II Steve Hadley, the upcoming event is an ideal opportunity to highlight the park’s 19th century cabin.
“I think the one thing that makes [our event] unique is not only do we [have] the demonstrations but we’ve got the setting,” Hadley said. “We’ve got a cabin that’s actually an 1850 cabin and then the blacksmith shop is an 1850s-style cabin. So we’ve got the components to make a homesite that would have been authentic and real back in that time period.
“[In the 1800s] — a lot of the lifestyles were simpler but they still enjoyed Christmas and enjoyed being together as a family for Christmas. They still did special things at Christmas,” he said, referring to activities that will be displayed at the upcoming event, such as playing with pioneer toys, candle-dipping and creating holiday crafts.
For more information about Christmas at the Cabin, call 770-975-0055 or visit www.gastateparks.org. To attend the free event, individuals will need to obtain an annual pass or purchase a $5 daily ParkPass to display in each vehicle.