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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 2020

TBD, Status uncertain - 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. For tickets or additional information contact the McHenry Mansion Visitors Center at (209) 549-0428.

Morbid Obsession
Christmas Tea Event

Christmas Tea 2020

TBD, Status uncertain - Begin the holiday season with the McHenry Mansion Christmas Tea on Tuesday, December 3rd. Tour our beautifully decorated Victorian treaasure & join us for tea & delights. $30 per person, two seatings (11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.), reservations required. Call Janie at 522-1739 for more information.

Dickens Faire 2020

TBD Status uncertain - The McHenry Mansion Dickens Faire has been held for over 10 years. Starting off the holiday season on the first Saturday in December, this memorable community event offers tours  of the Mansion sumptuously decorated in all of its holiday finery. Free children's activities take place at the McHenry Museum during this time, which is just down the street from the Mansion.

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 2020

TBD Status uncertain - See our historic home in all of its Christmas glory by going on one of our December Candlelight Tours. Each room features vignettes of festive Victorian activities such as playing parlor games, stringing popcorn, taking tea and decorating a gingerbread house. We welcome you to tour the McHenry Mansion on one of the two evenings during the Christmas season. There is a nominal fee charged for entrance that includes dessert and beverages. This is a great way to share a Victorian holiday tradition with family and friends! Tickets may be purchased at the Visitors Center/Gift Store. No reservations necessary. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. last tour in at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 tickets can be purchased in advance at the visitors' center or at the door.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

St. Patrick's Day 2020 Event Cancelled

Mother's Day Tea

The Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Mother's Day Tea