A Holly Jolly Job

Seasons Greetings to all my readers…Today, I invite you into the lovely Lorick Plantation home.. This historical home was built in 1840 and is the location of the Lake Murray Visitors Center, which also happens to be where I work.



I can imagine what you’re saying.. because I’m saying the same thing too – “Wow”!!   chuckles…  The house has been decorated to reflect the era in which it was built with the theme “A Very Berry” Christmas.  Without much ado.. let’s enter through the front door..  which is surrounded by hand strung live garland and colorful cranberries.  The red burlap bows gives the extra special touch to the outdoor decor.

As you enter into the foyer you’ll see the beautiful handrail festively decorated with garland, pine cones and berries

The small table to the right  holds a vase filled with a fresh green arrangement of magnolia leaves and pine tree stems..

Let’s step into the Dining Room to see how Christmas decorations were in 1840.

  The antique secretary was opened and decorated with fresh oranges poked with cloves, pine cones and live asparagus fern, to greet guests with an assortment of cookies.  Also flanked on the other side of the dining table is an antique table adorned with an arrangement of fresh magnolia leaves, cotton, pine cones and berries.


The Dining table has a vase filled with the same fresh elements        

     While the punch bowl resting on this table catches another festive arrangement

Let’s look at the fireplace..which was lovingly restored from Sherman’s troops fire that was set during the Civil War. The beautiful gourd arrangement was strategically placed on the corner to further accentuate the fireplace.

Let’s take a closer look at the beautiful spray of colors

The windows caught these simple yet tastefully decorated pine stems

        while the door caught this berry sprinkled wreath

Let’s wander into the fabulous Living Room where you’ll find a 10ft tree festively decorated in its era….

The side table is the place for more berries 

The windows are adorned with live greenery and candles as well….

and no home would be without a gingerbread house for the holidays

Well I hope you enjoyed your tour of the beautiful Lorick Plantation Home and if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by to tour the house and the elaborate museum that features our region.  To learn more about Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, log onto our new web experience and explore the Jewel.

3 thoughts on “A Holly Jolly Job

  1. I love looking at the way historic homes and other sites are decorated for the Christmas season! It just takes me back to a simpler time. It’s funny how a lot of what might have been used for decorating way back when costs an arm-and-a-leg to buy now!!! 🙂 I can imagine how women might have used strips of burlap from feed sacks, dyeing them in beets juice or something like that. (Wow…did my imagination really just go there???!?!) I love the abundance of fresh greenery, especially that pitcher arrangement.

    We live in a Colonial-style house, and I often strive to go traditional just to bring out the same sense of history as displayed here…even though our house was built in 1990 as opposed to 1890! 🙂

    • Hey Alycia and Linda, thanks. We had a couple different groups come in to decorate and they really did a great job keeping it authentic. I was quite impressed with the “ladies garden club” that came to do this. I was watching them piddle around being meticulous about every detail..and they were so joyful doing it.. I had to chuckle at them because after they finished they all went to lunch and said they’re day is done.. Boy what a life.. “retirement is a good thing” when you can do stuff like that …

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