Exhibits & Events


2017 Exhibits

February 28 – April 8

Katharine's Birthday / Easter (1907)

During Spring and Easter of 1907, we witness little Katharine celebrating her sixth birthday. In the library you will find antique dolls, children’s games, ice cream and cake as part of a firsthand look at Katharine’s special day. A special Easter cake and cards also make this setting come alive.
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April 11 – May 20

Selina's Engagement (1907)

Selina Smith arrives home from her 1907 Grand Tour with special news for her family and friends. She has reached an “understanding” with Dr. John E. Osborne of Wyoming. The family gathers for Selina to announce her recent engagement and to meet the man to whom she plans to marry. Photographs (the ladies dressed in hats and furs atop camels is a favorite), postcards and other souvenirs bring the Grand Tour to our doorstep.
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May 23 – July 1

Selina's Wedding to Gov. John Osborne (1907)

This romantic event is held in the parlor where the drapes are drawn to highlight the newly installed electric lights. The dining room is set for their elegant high noon breakfast reception and decorated with Selina’s colors of white and yellow. Their many original gifts from the wedding may be seen in the library, while the matron of honor’s dress and the wedding party are being readied in the upstairs bedrooms for Selina’s special day.
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July 5 – August 12

New Exhibit ~ Aunt Kate (1904)

The beloved aunt of sweet little Katharine is currently visiting the Princeton family home from St. Louis with her husband, James Hazelwood Williams, for their 10th anniversary. The bright home is filled with pink roses and natural lighting in this summer exhibit. On display are many of Aunt Kate’s personal possessions, a few souvenirs from the St. Louis Veiled Prophets Ball, and a brief education on Kate’s illness, tuberculosis.
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August 15 – September 30

Black Patch Tobacco War (1906)

Poor economic conditions and the Duke Trust have forced dark-fired tobacco farmers in Caldwell and surrounding counties to take matters into their own hands. On the night of December 1, 1906, an armed group of 250 Night Riders took over the town of Princeton and dynamited the tobacco factories. As a pall of smoke from the burning warehouses hangs over the town, Mr. Smith and Mr. Garrett are meeting at Adsmore with other community leaders to discuss the previous night’s events.
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October 3 – November 4

Halloween Party (1905)

Today’s Halloween is centered around spooky stories and children in their most terrifying costumes, but Halloween in the 1900s was centered around love and romance. Travel back in time to the fall season in the early 1900s and experience the celebration with the Smith-Garrett family. The festivities include rhyming, apple seed counting, fortune telling, and several other fun activities used to determine who your true love might be. What does fate have planned for you?
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November 7 – December 30

Victorian Christmas (1901)

Join little Katharine Garrett in celebrating her first Christmas at Adsmore in the winter of 1901. The house is aglow with the sights and sounds of this most joyous occasion and the parlor is adorned with a large tree under which are nestled Katharine’s many gifts. The dining room is set for the family’s Christmas dinner and the home reflects the elegance of this very special season.
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2017 Events

Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Children's Tea

Saturday, April 29, 2 - 4 p.m.

Ladies Tea

Saturday, September 23, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Black Patch Candlelight Tour

Saturday, October 21, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Halloween Party Candlelight Tour

Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m.

"Twas the Night at Adsmore" Children's Christmas Party

Saturday, December 16, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Victorian Christmas Candlelight Tour

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2017 Closings

January 1 – February 27

July 4th

November 23rd

December 24-25