After holiday events and expanded hours in December, the Governor Warner Mansion on Grand River in Farmington will close its doors for the winter.
The annual Farmington Area Jaycees tree lighting will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. The tree is being set up in the gazebo on the Mansion grounds, and there will be carol singing, warming around a fire pit, a visit from Santa, and free refreshments in the carriage house.
The Mansion, which is decked out for the holidays, will be open from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. that evening, with tours led by costumed docents and carols played on Governor Warner’s piano. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Available for sale in the Carriage House behind the mansion will be specialty items including afghans, t-shirts, totes, Cat’s Meow wooden buildings, and books, along with a selection of Victorian bric-a-brac and holiday items, new and previously owned.
The Mansion will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, and 28. Call 248-474-5500, ext. 2225, for more information.
The city-owned house museum, built by P. Dean Warner in 1867, was the home of Michigan's only three-term Governor Fred M. Warner. It closes annually during the winter months for deep cleaning and exhibit changes.