Bridenbaugh Homestead.
Bridenbaugh Homestead.

PUTNAM COUNTY — Anyone looking to step back in time and experience the sites and sounds of Christmas from yesteryear are invited to the annual Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour this Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. The tour includes five stops along the Riley Creek near Pandora: the Bridenbaugh Homestead (14282 Road 6, Pandora, OH) for the first time. The homestead will join the Bridenbaugh One Room Schoolhouse (14022 Road 6, corner of Road 6 & Road M6), McCullough Log Cabin (14503 Road 6), Red Fox Cabin (1/8th mile north of 14321 Road 7-L), and the Riley Creek United Methodist Church (7102 Road M, intersection of Roads M & 7L).

All of the buildings included on the tour have historical significance and will be decorated for the holidays.

The first stop is the Bridenbaugh One-Room Schoolhouse. It is located at 14022 Road 6 (corner of Road 6 & Road M6). This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas. There will be refreshments and Dale will tell how the building recovered from the 2012 wind storm and a fire in 2013.

New on the tour this year is the Bridenbaugh Homestead located at the corner of Road 6 & 5N. The brick structure was built in 1887 and the wooden addition in 1902. Daryl is anxious to tell how a remodel added six inches of insulation to the outer walls. Heat is from an outdoor wood fired water boiler with plastic tubing under the floors.

The next stop is the McCullough Log Cabin at 14503 Road 6, Pandora and is owned by Tom and Jane McCullough of Pandora. This two and a half story log home was originally built in 1860 and stood near Reading, PA. It is furnished primarily with 19th century furniture from Putnam County. It has four bedrooms, two baths, and a full basement. Tom’s blacksmith/gun shop and recently reconstructed single pen log barn will also be open.

Red Fox Cabin is a one and a half story log cabin built in 1853 by German immigrants and moved from West Virginia in 1995. Stop in, sit by a cozy fire and enjoy other refreshments. The cabin will be decorated for Christmas with natural materials from The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm on which the cabin is located, just one-eighth a mile north of 14321 Road 7L.

Since 1850 when it was built by pioneers, Riley Creek United Methodist Church has provided an uplifting, peaceful place for worship. Come and soak in the Christmas spirit in this historic place of worship and meet the local circuit riding pastor and some of the members. The church is located northwest of Pandora at the intersection of Roads M and 7L, 7102 Road M, Ottawa, across from the stone quarry.

There is no charge for this self-guided tour. If you have questions, contact Peggy Bridenbaugh at 419-969-0075.

Experience how the pioneers celebrated the season, and maybe bring home some ideas for the modern age at the Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour this Saturday.