The elegant Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, located at 192 Main Street, is decorated for the holiday season and will open for tours beginning December 9 and continuing to December 30th, Thursdays through Sundays.
Museum staff members will offer guided tours of the house which was built in 1900 and home to the Hotchkiss and Fyler families for more than half a century.
The house has been maintained as a museum since 1956 when the last family member, Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss, bequeathed the property to the Torrington Historical Society. Much of the Christmas decoration is done in turn-of-the-century style with lavish displays of greenery, garlands, wreaths and flowers adorning the staircase, chandeliers, and mantles.
This year, several local floral artists have created custom arrangements to set off the home's rich interior of mahogany woodwork and stenciled walls.
Seven Christmas trees, a number of them decorated by private individuals using vintage ornaments from their own collections, are displayed over the first and second floors of the house. Visitors can also view antique toys from the Torrington Historical Society's collection, arranged beneath the trees.
The dining room table will be set for Christmas dinner with the linens, china, and crystal that belonged to Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss.
Guided tours of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum will be available Thursdays through Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m., with tours on the half hour and the last tour each day at 3:30 p.m. The house is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and on December 25th. Admission is $7 for adults, free for members and children under age 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Society at 860-482-8260.