Hay Creek Historians take visitors to the Christmas of 1863 at Joanna Furnace

Luminaries lit the way for visitors to Christmas at Joanna Dec. 6, 7 and 8. Photo by Matthew D'Ippolito
The Belsnickel made an appearance at Christmas at Joanna, dressed in his signature furs and carrying his switch and bag, to give treats to good children and scare the bad ones straight. Photo by Matthew D'Ippolito

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association held their annual Christmas at Joanna event Dec. 6-8.

Held at night, over 1,000 luminaries lined the walkways to light the way for visitors. A bonfire offered warmth and light the center of the property by the bandstand where the Joanna Furnace Carolers entertained the crowd with traditional Christmas songs. And the floodlights focused on the various holiday decorated buildings created a stark contrast against the darkness.

The event featured a live nativity complete with a donkey and sheep and a holiday craft fair. But the focus of the event was in the mule stable, where visitors could see how the Victorian-era Ironmaster’s Mansion would have been decorated for the holidays, learn how to make holiday treats like Cranberry Pie and stroll through a mockup of the parlor.