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Celebration in an 18th-Century Mansion
The Candlelight & Carols Tour
Photography by Hoag Levins

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CAMDEN, N.J. (Nov. 26, 2001) -- Pomona Hall, the 18th-century mansion maintained by the Camden County Historical Society (CCHS), conducted its first Christmas "Candlelight and Carols" tour yesterday, drawing visitors from throughout the region. The mansion was lit by candles while a six-person choir wandered both floors, performing Yuletide carols. Another tour is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Hear choir sing [RealPlayer]

Pomona Hall's open hearth was in full blaze, tended by Cheryl McClain (above, left) who warms mulled cider for guests. Sandra Forney (above, right) offers trays of fresh-baked gingerbread, cranberry and pumpkin bread. Both are members of the Mary Cooper Gardeners, a volunteer group that provides docent and support services to the restored mansion.

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Richard Pillatt, trustee and member of the CCHS museum committee (above, left), narrated detailed tours of rooms of Pomona Hall where other docents like Sandy Levins (above, right) added a touch of living reality to the scene. Ms. Levins is a CCHS trustee and director of the Mary Cooper Gardeners.
Junior docent Tammie Lacefield was at work with the kitchen crew (above, left) while CCHS trustee Patrick Matlack portrayed Marmaduke Cooper, who built Pomona Hall into the area's grandest house in 1788.

The tours ended as they began, in the warm glow of candlelight illuminating the historic house and the choir assembled by Jessica Doheny of the CCHS library staff. Ms. Doheny as well as her husband sang with the group. Hear choir sing another song at Pomona Hall [RealPlayer]

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