Orange Co. Historical Society to host holiday open house November 21st

ORANGE CO. – The Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) will play host to a “Holiday Open House” at its Museum on Sunday, November 21st from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The event is being held in conjunction with the annual Paoli Merchants Christmas Open House being held that same day. There will be no admission charge; however, donations will be accepted to go towards continual renovation efforts at the museum.

The group will also have a small gift shop set up that day, with lots of gift-giving ideas for the history buff on your Christmas list this year.

The Museum is located in the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square in Paoli in what once served as the home of Dr. J.H. Sherrod and his family (Circa 1885. Maintained by the Historical Society since 1976, visitors will find memorabilia of the Orange County communities through the years including antique clothing, primitive farm tools, and woodworking tools, church records, court records, books, and a rare miniature English Tudor dollhouse with furnishings.

A one-room schoolhouse is re-created upstairs at the museum, reflecting the early American period along with a period doctor’s office.

As a “Fun-Raiser” the group has once again produced a commemorative Christmas Ornament this holiday season celebrating the historic Orange County Courthouse. The new ornaments will be on sale during the Open House event.

Robert Henderson

“We would like to extend a special invitation to everyone to stop in and visit us during the Open House event and enjoy the many interesting exhibits and display areas,” said OCHS President Robert Henderson.

This will be the last time the museum will be officially open for the 2021 season outside of appointments for individuals and/or small groups.

In addition to the Holiday Open House at the Museum members will also once again be holding its “Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farmhouse” on Sunday, December 5th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The historic Lindley House, located on Willow Creek Road will be open that afternoon and decorated in part to reflect an 1860s Christmas.

Those persons interested in learning more about the OCHS and any of its activities should contact President Robert Henderson at (812)-653-1212 or by visiting