What a tremendous day on our terrific Tuesday at Beneras Historic House!!!
Beneras Historic House:
With more than 165 years of history, this exquisite Georgian style estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Noted for its quiet presence in a picturesque park-like setting - Benares is filled top to bottom with original family possessions spanning 4 generations. Part of what makes Benares so unique is that more than 95% of the artifacts in the house are original to the Harris family and this home. Benares and most of its contents were donated by the three great grandchildren of Captain Harris -- Geoffrey Harris Sayers, Dora Sayers Caro and Barbara Sayers Larson. It was restored and fully furnished with Harris Family items and opened to the public as Mississauga's newest museum in 1995.
We began the day visiting the Harris family home and baking a cookie using the recipe that would have been used by the Harris family at Christmas time 100 years ago!!!!!!
We then made a Christmas cracker very similar to those made or bought around the holiday season 100 years ago!!!
Next we took a tour of the Harris home to get an inside look about how Christmas would have been celebrated during the Victorian period!!! We also played some games that the Harris family would have played during the holiday season!!
After we ate lunch, we took part in various activities where we learned about many winter traditions from around the world: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Las Posadas and Chinese New Year!!!!
At the end of our trip, we sat down around a ‘camp fire’ used to celebrate the winter solstice and we ate our cookie and drank some warm apple cider!!!
What a fun day of learning!!
More pictures to come!!!