Frontier Christmas

Frontier Christmas 2020 54th Annual Event
December 5th & 6th Information Coming Soon!
Frontier Christmas 2019- 53rd   Annual Event
in Washington, Kentucky
Celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas! 
Saturday, Dec. 7th     10:00-5:00…&…Sunday, Dec. 8th   11:00-5:00                                             
Schedule of Events
Carriage Rides
Both Days: Shops and Temporary Vendors Open.  Antique & Specialty Shops throughout the Village
Outside there will be greenery for sale, Popcorn Man.  
Candle Dipping at C.1797 Mefford’s Fort Candle Dipping Saturday–selling candles both days.
Playing Pioneer games weather permitting
Paxton Inn: Historic Inn, prior to 1810 -Baked Goods, Sandwiches, Drinks, in Kitchen 
Pinecone Ornament visitors can make for FREE. 
Vendor in big room.
Visitor’s Center – Video & Tours - Farmer’s Market
Albert Sidney Johnston Antebellum C. 1797 Museum- 507 South Court Street –make a wooden ornament - serve cider.
Washington Hall – The Artist’s Guild  Coffee Shop with food.
Meeting House:  Vendors and Food:  Country Ham, Ribeye Steaks, Pork Tenderloin, Brown Beans & Cornbread, White Bean Chili, Nachos, Chips.Chili Dogs, Polish Sausage, Cheesburgers,cream candy, Bourbon Balls, Homemade fudges. 
1807 Harriet Beecher Museum –Stringing popcorn & Cranberries, Tree lighting with real candles – see times below.
Santa On street, in Museums & Shops.–
Canebrake, Pre-1790 Log Cabin
Washington resident  artist Ken Swinson.& Claudia Moose FREE printmaking –
Simon Kenton Store. Museum Housed in one of the original log cabins of 1790 - Bruce Jones Woodcarving.

Saturday, December 7th - 10 AM to 5 PM
12:00 05:00 Cane Brake – Ken Swinson & Claudia Moose Guests can make a card or a block print card on
antique press.

1:00 – Old Church Museum – Dulcimer Group
12:00 – 1:00 -The Shepherd’s House Choir on Phyllis’ Antiques & Elaine’s Framing Porch
2:00 – Sara Wood – Old Church museum
3:00 – Sing-along with Sara – Everyone welcome to come sing.
4:00 - Sara will lead singing group to the tree lighting in Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum. 
          Strolling and singing – Lauren Bihl
 2:00 – 4:00 - Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum – Stringing Popcorn and Cranberries
11:00 – 3:00 – Pictures with Santa – only $5.00 Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum.
4:00 – Official lighting of tree with real candles. Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum.

Sunday, December 8th    - 11 AM to 5 PM  
12:00 – 4:00 – Pictures with Santa only $5.00 - Harriett Beecher Stowe Museum
12:00 – 4:00 - Cane Brake – Ken Swinson & Claudia Moose Guests can make a card or a
block print card on antique press.
Strolling Carolers – Nick Denham with MCIS students
Mefford Fort – Open for Candle Sales until Vesper Service at 4:00.
Vesper Service in Old Church Museum –Sponsored by old Church Society

Photo by: Dena Green


FRONTIER CHRISTMAS ..DEC. 3 & 4, 2011 - 44th Annual Event  

See Schedule Below


               FRONTIER CHRISTMAS…DEC. 3 & 4, 2011 – 44th  Annual Event

New this year at the 44th Annual Frontier Christmas in the 1700s Village of Washington, KY from 10-6 Saturday and 12-6 Sunday December 3rd  & 4th  (with many shops opening at 10 am) is the Bluegrass Artisan Center located in a 2-story pre-1790 log cabin which was previously the Cane Brake Visitor’s Center presents a new opportunity for the Historic village of Washington to reach deeper into the community during the holidays.  Mike Cowden is the founder and director of the center which is being used to showcase art, history, educational demonstrations, local artists and crafts.  Ken Swinson will have permanent exhibits as well as his traditional printing press with both Ken and Mike providing demonstrations.  Other artists include wood craftsman, painters, and appearances by acoustic musicians.  Coffee is always offered. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.  The building can be used for group meetings of up to 20  and is the home for the Maysville Writers Group.  Everyone is excited to share this new venture with new visitors as well as the many who make this family tradition, dating back to their parents and grandparents as the way they welcome in the Christmas season. 

Holly on the mantels, pine-scented rooms and candle-lit log cabin windows welcome in the Christmas season as the 1700s village where time has for the most part stood still celebrates Frontier Christmas In Washington, KY. This is one of Kentucky’s oldest festivals in an American village that dates back over 220 years.  Always held the first full weekend in December it is sponsored by Old Washington, Inc. with the cooperation of the City of Maysville. Visit with Kris Kringle and Mrs. Claus, a Bagpiper, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Concertina, Flute, Autoharp and dulcimer players; experience authentic craft demonstrations, and visit museums and other historic buildings. The Historic Washington Shopkeepers invite everyone to browse and shop Washington’s permanent shops brimming with gifts, all year and offer Christmas Corners year round as well as services of framing galleries, lamps rewired and a complete lamp shop, offering Fenton cranberry and other replacement shades too. During Frontier Christmas some of these shops will have many specials, buy 1, get 1 free, drawings for prizes, and put gifts and candy in bags.  Shops are well stocked with unique gifts year round for every occasion as well as Christmas bargains and great stocking stuffers  – new this year 1 owner Vtech, LeapFrog, Playschool, Fisher Price and other toys, baby and toddler items at prices so low you won’t believe them.  

Food is a real treat, especially crème candy and transparent tarts, (a Mason County delicacy), found throughout the village. Day’s Foods will be in the Meeting House, and Limestone Chapter DAR and CAR will be serving chili, sandwiches and baked goods in pre-1810 Paxton Inn.   Click on the Washington website for the full schedule with times and updates. 

New Beginnings Church in the 1870 white Presbyterian Church building will produce their annual Christmas drama.  Performances of the play, "The Valley Haven Christmas Show", are Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th at 7:00 pm. 
Stroll Washington’s flagstone sidewalks with costumed guides and watch candle dipping at Mefford’s Fort ca. 1787 Museum; quilting at he ca. 1797 Albert Sidney Johnston House Museum while being served hot cider, crafts and food at ca. 1810 Paxton Inn.    Entertainment takes place in the ca. 1848 Old Church Museum ending with Vesper Service Sunday at 4:00 pm.

To Set up and sell your wares – Especially looking for Baked goods, Country Ham & Biscuit sandwiches, good hand made crafts and antiques contact Jeff Wylie Phone 606-584-0235               E-mail    

Come, warm your heart and rekindle the spirit of yesterday with the scents and sights of early days in Washington, 4 miles south of the banks of the Ohio River and Maysville on Old US 68, an easy 50 miles northeast of Lexington, 50 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio, 90 miles west of Huntington, 51 miles east of Cincinnati, (take Wilder Exit #77 off I-275 onto Route #9 – also known as the AA Highway), then turn right at the light by Wendy’s onto US 68, turn left at the third light up into Old Washington.  For more information contact the Washington’s Visitor Center 606-759-7411.   Visit Washington’s Web site: 

Frontier Christmas has often been named one of the Top 20 December Festivals in
the Southeast, so don’t miss it!


Both Days: To Set up and sell your wares - Especially looking for Baked goods, Country Ham & Biscuit sandwiches, etc., Good hand made crafts and antiques.
Contact - Jeff Wylie - Phone:606-584-0235 - E-mail:

Schedule 2011

Saturday, Dec. 3rd - 2011 - 10:00-6:00
Play 7:00 pm

10-6     Shops and Temporary Vendors Open 
            Ken Swinson’s Open House - Dr. William Goforth House - 1934 Old Main Street
            (His latest Paintings will be on display there in his Home Studio)
10-6     Silversmith in pre-1790 Log Bluegrass Artisan Center (Previously Visitor’s Center)
11-5     Quilting - Hot Cider Served at Albert Sidney Johnston House Museum  
12-4     Santa (Kris Kringle) 
12-6     Bagpiper (Lance Donaldson - Strolling Village Flagstone sidewalks and in shops       
12-2     Dulcimer Dames 
2-4       Mike Duffy & Mary McGlone -Traditional Appalachian Music (Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer)
4-6       Silver Arm - Celtic Music, Traditional & Christmas (Fiddle, Guitar, Concertina, Banjo)     
7:00      "The Valley Haven Christmas Show" Play by New Beginnings Church in white Presbyterian
            1870 building.             

Sunday, Dec. 4th  - 2011 - 11:00-5:00
Play 7:00 pm

11-5     Shops and Temporary Vendors Open 
            Ken Swinson’s Open House - Dr. William Goforth House - 1934 Old Main Street
            (His latest Paintings will be on display there in his Home Studio)
11-5     Silversmith in pre-1790 Log Bluegrass Artisan Center (Previously Visitor’s Center
            Claudia Moose, ORVAG Director, will demonstrate traditional Quilt Making in pre-1790

            Log Bluegrass Artisan Center (Previously Visitor’s Center)
11-5    Native American Exhibit (in Log Bluegrass Artisan Center)
12-4    Hot Cider Served at Albert Sidney Johnston House Museum 
12-4    Santa (Kris Kringle) 
 2-4      “Honeysuckle Sound”  Traditional & Christmas Music (Flute, Autoharp, Dulcimer)   
4:00   Vesper Service (Sponsored by Old Church Society) in C. 1848 Old Church Museum 

7:00    “The Valley Haven Christmas Show” Play by New Beginnings Church in white Presbyterian
            1870 building.    

Ohio River Valley Artists Guild  
Saturday, Dec. 3rd - 11 am-5pm 
Sunday,    Dec. 4th - Noon -4 pm   

Area Artists with their original artwork set up for both days. 
Refreshments will be served.


Bell Ringers

A Glance at Frontier Christmas' Past