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Morbid Obsession

Morbid Obsession 

Morbid Obsession is Back! For a different Halloween Experience, take a self-guided, one-of-a-kind tour through the McHenry Mansion where you will experience the Victorian Way of Death including Strange Funeral Customs. Most funerals took place in the family residence. The McHenry’s were no exception. Express your condolences to Mrs. McHenry standing by the open casket of dearly departed Robert McHenry. Learn about the “fashionable disease”—Consumption. For some, consumption or tuberculosis as we call it today, ended in a swift death. For others, it became a lingering illness, and for others, there were no symptoms. (Sound familiar?)

For the Victorians, it was important to remember the dead. This could be done by preserving the deceased’s hair in a locket or broach or a hair wreath. With the advent of photography, post-mortem photographs were in demand, particularly if no pictures were taken when the person was alive. Many times, the bodies were posed with other family members as if they were alive. A gallery of these photographs awaits you.

The custom of wearing black was a way to let friends and strangers know that you have lost a member of your family. Learn about the rules for appropriate attire.

19th Century embalming came into its own due to the Civil War.

See a portable embalming bed and equipment that could be used in the home. See lithographs of major Presidential funerals: Lincoln, Garfield, and Grant.

Then there are the cemeteries, spiritualists, and much more!

The dates are Tuesday, October 25, Wednesday, October 26, and Thursday, October 27, 2022. Tours start at 5:30 p.m., and the last entrance is at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person.

Annual Events & Activities

Independence Day

The Mansion will be open on July 4th. Tours before and after the parade, 8:30 to 10:00 am and 11:30 to 12:30 pm.

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 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 

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

Christmas Tea 

Get in the Holiday spirit by making your reservation for the McHenry Mansion Christmas Tea. It will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. There will be two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. The first seating is already sold out and seating is limited so make your reservations early. You can make your reservations by calling Janie at (209) 522-1739.

Christmas Tea Event

McHenry Mansion Christmas Fair - New Date!  

Holiday Event at Mansion

The McHenry Mansion Christmas Fair, formerly known as “Dickens Faire”, has moved to the last Saturday in November. The date is Saturday, November 26, 2022. The reason for the change from the first Saturday in December is that the City of Modesto Christmas Parade has grown so large that it needs all-day to get ready for it. By changing the date, the Fair can stay open longer.

The entire street in front of the Manson 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. View the McHenry Mansion in all of its Christmas finery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musical entertainment will occur throughout the day. Father Christmas will be handing out candy canes. Horse-drawn wagon rides, which are a popular reminder of a by-gone era, will be available for a nominal fee. There will be activities for children.

Candlelight Tours

Tour the McHenry Mansion decorated in all of its Christmas finery by candlelight. The tours will be on Saturday, December17, 2022 and Sunday, December 18, 2022. The Tours begin at 5 p.m. and last entrance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Learn the history of some of your favorite holiday traditions such as Christmas trees, candles, candy canes, gingerbread houses, poinsettias, stockings and many more.

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 canceled 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