192 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: (860) 482-8260.
Torrington Historical Society will open the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum for guided tours noon to 4 p.m Decorated in turn-of-the-century Christmas style, the elegant Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum has delighted holiday visitors for over 30 years. The museum staff provides guided tours of the house, built in 1900 and home to the Hotchkiss and Fyler families for more than half a century. Christmas at the Hotchkiss-Fyler House features lavish holiday decorations typical of the Victorian period. Garlands of greenery trim the staircase, doorways, and mantels while floral arrangements, wreaths, and poinsettias adorn the richly appointed interior. The dining room table is set for a Christmas dinner with fine china, crystal, silverware, and linens that belonged to Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss. A number of Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments will be on display throughout the house. Beneath the reception room tree are antique toys and games that will delight visitors. Guided tours of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum are available from December 9 through December 30,, noon to 4 p.m. (the last tour is at 3:30 p.m.). Admission is $7 for adults, free for children under 12. The house is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as on Christmas Day, December 25th. For more information, call (860) 482-8260.