Spend a relaxing afternoon in a 1930s farmhouse decorated for Christmas.
Christmas at the Farmhouse takes place from 11 to 3 p.m., Saturday Dec. 16 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rentschler Farm Museum, located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave., in Saline. The 12-room museum is owned by the City of Saline and operated by the Saline Area Historical Society, which hosts the Christmas on the Farmhouse event.
The farmhouse will be decorated with simple decorations one would find in Depression-era farmhouse owned by a German family.
In the parlor, a Christmas tree will be decorated with traditional ornaments - including a pickle. The event is free, but donations are accepted.
The Saline Area Historical Society will serve cookies and drinks. The gift shop will be open.
Emanuel Rentschler purchased his 216-acre farm just after the turn of the century. At that time, there was an old farmhouse and a large dairy barn that stood perpendicular to the road. The 19th c. shed was still useable and there was a sprinkling of other buildings that have since been razed. Gradually, Mr. Rentschler made several improvements, including a new farmhouse in 1906, built by his brother, Matthew.
Four generations of Rentschlers lived and worked on this homestead between 1901-1998. Volunteers from the Saline Area Historical Society developed the property with a focus on farm living between the years 1900-1950. These are the years that reflect a time of great change in agriculture and family living. There was the transition from horse to tractor, from kerosene to electricity, from an agriculture-based economy to a manufacturing economy. All of these are visible in the history of this farm, which we dedicate to all farm families of this area. Many of the artifacts that appear quaint today were actually innovative in their own time.
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