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Experience the Magic of Christmas at Olmsted Manor

Rest, Rejuvenate & Enjoy the Holiday Season

Experience the magic of the holiday season during the Christmas Open House at the Olmsted Manor and Retreat Center. From blankets of sparkling snow to dazzling Christmas decorations donated and hung by local churches from Ludlow, PA, this open house will be a laid-back celebration with live musical entertainment. Shining in all things red, green and white this holiday season, decorations will sparkle throughout every room and on both floors of this elegant mansion. These beautiful decorations will be displayed in the library, dining room, guest rooms and elegantly hung along the main stairway leading to the second story. Guests can enjoy homemade Christmas cookies and punch or hot cocoa by a crackling fire while enjoying lots of conversation, hosted in both the historic manor house and the Groves Lodge retreat center.

During the Christmas Open House at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center, tour the 1917 Tudor-style manor house, explore the recent renovations in the retreat facilities, or play duck-pin bowling in the private two-lane bowling alley. The Olmsted and Ludlow history archives will also be available for perusal during this event. The open house is a free, family-friendly event held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 3:00-8:00pm. Delve into the vast amenities Olmsted has to offer during this open house in order to plan a future retreat of your own.

The ambiance, comfort and home cooked meals make Olmsted the perfect location for group retreats, seminars, workshops, family getaways or a personal overnight adventure. The Manor, an original Tudor style mansion, offers eight individual and charming guest bedrooms with accommodations for up to 12 guests. The spacious living room with fireplace and grand piano, elegant dining room and furnished kitchen, all retain their original architectural details and elegance.

Groves Lodge is a modern, fully accessible facility, which can accommodate up to 42 guests and includes a central dining area for up to 50 guests. Built on the slope of Olmsted’s spring-lined hillside, the cut stone construction of this building with its informal lounge and inviting fireplace gives the Lodge an atmosphere of comfort and rustic charm. The recently constructed annex to the Lodge holds two spacious meeting areas for guest use.

Beyond the spacious living room of the Manor and the two meeting areas of the Lodge, there is Hickman Hall. This spacious, fully-equipped meeting facility with conference chairs and tables for 40 to 50 guests is centrally located between Groves Lodge and the Manor House. Hickman Hall is available for use by overnight guests or day groups and must be booked well in advance of the anticipated event date.

The Carriage House accommodates guests in a private, two-bedroom apartment-style lodging located above the former Olmsted carriage garage. Book for the private solitude of a rejuvenating individual retreat or quaint, cozy family getaway.

Nestled in the woods of the Allegheny National Forest on over 30 acres of beautifully developed land, the retreat center is made up of the original Olmsted estate. George Olmsted married Iva Groves in 1904. They had their first child, Robert, in 1908 and a daughter, Betty, was born in 1912. They then began planning for their family home to be built in the small village of Ludlow.

Philadelphia architect Albert Bodker initially refused the project arguing that a small community such as Ludlow would not justify such a mansion. However, upon pressure from Mr. Olmsted, he eventually relented and spent a year onsite with builders from the Hyde-Murphy Company of Ridgeway, until the Manor House was completed in 1917.

Upon completion, the Tudor mansion contained wonders such as oak paneling, a Steinway piano and family crests worked in stained glass on the main stairwell, all of which still exist today. For the children, there remains the original cork-floored game room and private two-lane bowling alley. At the entrance today, greeting visitors, are the original large iron gates, which are illuminated by intricate iron work completed by Master Craftsman Samuel Yellin, who also designed the entrance of Washington’s National Cathedral.

For more about the Olmsted Manor Retreat Center and Christmas Open House, or to book your future rejuvenating retreat, call 814-945-6512 or visit www.olmstedmanor.org.