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Hosting Fun Events for Visitors of All Ages

Annual Events & Activities

Independence Day

While 2020's event had to be cancelled, we're looking forward to 2021!

The McHenry Mansion will be decked out in red, white and blue bunting to celebrate the 4th of July. As in the past, the Mansion will be open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. until the parade reaches the Mansion. It will be open for approximately a half an hour after the parade ends.

The McHenry Mansion Foundation will be operating a food booth on 15th Street. Hot dogs, sodas, water, donuts, coffee and ice cream will be available.

So watch the parade under the shady elms on the I street side of the Mansion, tour the Mansion while you are waiting for the parade and have a hot dog.

Mansion with Independence Day Decorations

Come Gather at The Table

Table Setting Event 2020

Viewing Day and Luncheon, usually held in October, have unfortunately been cancelled due to the pandemic

Morbid Obsession 

Take a self-guided one of a kind tour of Victorian Funeral Customs. The Mansion will be draped in black crepe and ribbon rosettes and display historic curiosities from the Victorian period. Experience 19th Century embalming practices, death masks, seances, spiritualism and phrenology. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and last entrance is at 7:30 p.m. $7 per person. 

Due to the coronavirus, “Morbid Obsession” will not be held in 2020.  We hope to resurrect it in 2021. As soon as we know whether that will be possible, we will inform you via the website.

Morbid Obsession
Christmas Tea Event

Christmas Tea 

Get in the Holiday spirit by making your reservation for the McHenry Mansion Christmas Tea. It is held on the first Tuesday of December at the McHenry Mansion. There are two seatings:  11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and reservations are required. Besides tea, each person is served a variety of finger sandwiches and desserts. Many people have turned it into a holiday tradition.

Due to the coronavirus the Christmas tea will not be held in 2020.  We hope that it will be held in 2021.  We will let you know if that is possible through this website.

Dickens Faire 2020

Dickens Faire is always held on the first Saturday in December.  Due to the coronavirus, Dickens Faire will not be held in 2020.  We hope that it can be held in 2021.  We will keep you posted through this website.

Holiday Event at Mansion

The entire street in front of the house is closed to traffic for the day and vendors set up booths featuring a unique and interesting assortment of Christmas items, jewelry, food, crafts, and other offerings for sale. It's a great place to do some early holiday shopping.

Strolling carolers, Christmas choruses, bagpipers, harpists, and other musical ensembles also provide entertainment. Father Christmas is also in attendance, complete with a large bag of candy canes!  Carriage rides, which are a popular reminder of a by-gone era, are available for a nominal fee. Dickens Faire is sure to provide a full day of fun for the entire family. Plan to join us!

Candlelight Tours

Experience a step back in time, by attending the McHenry Mansion’s annual Candlelight Tours. Each room is lit by gas light, kerosene light or candlelight and showcases various activities that occurred in a Victorian household. Stringing popcorn for the Christmas tree, decorating gingerbread houses, playing the piano and other instruments as well as the Regina music box are some of the things that you will see.  And, of course, the Mansion is decked out in all of its Christmas finery.

The tours are usually held on the Friday and Sunday before Christmas from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are served.

Due to the coronavirus, the Candlelight tours will not be held in 2020.  We hope that they will be held in 2021.  We will let you know if that is possible through this website.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

St. Patrick's Day Event 

The St. Patrick’s Day party is always a fun event and is usually held on the Thursday evening before the actual St. Patrick’s Day. Reservations are required. If weather permitting, a traditional Irish dinner is served in the garden. Irish music is featured and games with an Irish flavor are played. Can you tell the difference between a foreign or domestic Irish Whiskey? Try out your taste buds.

Due to the coronavirus, the St. Patrick’s Day Party had to be cancelled in 2020. Here’s hoping for better times in 2021.  We will let you know if it will be happening in 2021 through this website.

Mother's Day Tea

Bring your mother or celebrate being a mother or just come for tea because the McHenry Mansion puts on spectacular teas! It is usually held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  There are two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are required.

Due to the coronavirus, the tea was cancelled in 2020. We will let you know if it will be happening in 2021 through this website.

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Mother's Day Tea