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Take a step back in time during the annual tree festival

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During the festival, Lima-area residents will have the opportunity to step back in time while visiting the log house and the Victorian MacDonell House. During the festival, Lima-area residents will have the opportunity to step back in time while visiting the log house and the Victorian MacDonell House.
The house also features game mounts, toy dolls, several Christmas trees, chandeliers, and several other fixtures representing the way life was back then. The house also features game mounts, toy dolls, several Christmas trees, chandeliers, and several other fixtures representing the way life was back then.

The annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Allen County Museum continues this weekend, and the organizers want to make sure that you don't miss any of the sights.

During the festival, Lima-area residents will have the opportunity to step back in time while visiting the log house and the Victorian MacDonell House.

The log house, built in 1848 was moved from the Steiner Farm in Perry Township to the current location in 1960. The cabin features a fireplace, a bed, cast iron pots and much more.

Those who visit the exhibit may even witness food being cooked in a dutch oven. Allen County Museum docent Mark Mohr, says the history of the cabin is important to those who live in the community.

"We teach the public about what they used for lights," said Mohr. "We also do hearth cooking in the fireplace and show them how you cook in the fireplace. It's good that they learn our history."

Similar to the log house, the Victorian MacDonell House is a vital part of the Lima-area history, according to volunteer Kelly Bulkauski. The 125-year-old, 6,000 square foot home has many rooms featuring oak, mahogany, and cherry woodwork.

Many of the fixtures were hand-made due to the lack of electric tools at the time. The house also features game mounts, toy dolls, several Christmas trees, chandeliers, and several other fixtures representing the way life was back then. Bulkauski said this home is definitely unique to the area.

"This is a piece of Lima history," said Bulkauski. "This is a piece of American history. This is someone who built their way up and created a beautiful home for their family and it was passed on to other people who wanted a beautiful home for their family. It's a piece that you are not going to see even in today's mansion."

The annual Christmas Tree festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

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