One of the most beloved holiday traditions returns to the Ohio Valley. Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum in Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, is now lavishly decorated for the holidays and open to the public for tours through Jan. 8.
Each holiday season since 1973, the Mansion Museum, which was the summer home of wealthy industrialist and philanthropist Earl W. Oglebay, has been trimmed for the holidays by professional decorators and talented amateurs around a holiday theme. These talented decorators carry out the theme in the mansion's 13 period rooms, using their own unique vision to create stunning results for visitors to enjoy. The decor ranges from simple elegance to the extravagant, and visitors will find decorating inspiration to take back to their own homes.
Sponsored by WesBanco, this year's holiday decorating extravaganza is titled "Home for the Holidays." Featured rooms and decorators include: Reception Room, Michelle Gorby, Custom Painting By Shell; Dining Room, Dawn Kozusnik, Bethani's Bouquets; Halls/Stairways, Scott Klinkoski & Dick Taylor; Kitchen, Don and Rebecca Niess; Victorian Parlor, Brian P. Feldmeier, Occasions Florist & Gifts; Mr. Oglebay's Office, Snookie Isaly and Patti Kota; Game Room, Chris Hudson and Maren Presutti, Design Studio/Tile Creation; Oval Sitting Room, Crafts 2000; Victorian Bedroom, Mary Kay Laughlin, Linda Reed, Chris Ritcher; Federal Bedroom, Yvonne Jacobs, Elm Grove Flowers; Sewing Room, Heather McClure; Empire Bedroom, Sissy D'Cagna, Jean Dougherty, Barb Jarrett, Sissy's Country Corner; Child's Bedroom, Rachel B. Pavilack, Pavilack Design LLC; Library, Mary D. Washington Questers; Empire Sitting Room, Jeanie Battistelli, Ashley Ryan, Jacqueline Fry and Joni Scarnechia, T.J. Maxx.
Brian Feldmeier, owner of Occasions Florist and Gifts in New Martinsville, shows off the mantel in the room of Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum he decorated. The Christmas finery is on display through Jan. 8.
The Mansion and Glass Museums are open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to allow time to tour. The museums will close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Admission to the museums are $6 for one or $10 for both. Guided tours are $10 for one or $15 for both museums.
Call 304-242-7272 for more information or visit on the Web at www.oionline. com.