CHURCH HILL — Historic Canton Hall celebrated its inaugural Christmas at the Mansion celebration Saturday evening with live holiday music, treats, children’s activities, and a tree lighting at the end.
Hunter and Amanda Jackson purchased the 1840 antebellum plantation house and 50 acres on Church Hill’s western outskirts two years ago.
After substantial renovations, the couple decided to open the plantation grounds to the public for a Christmas celebration Saturday in hopes of reviving an annual holiday tradition that house maintained during its first decades.
There was caroling on the front steps, and visitors were welcome to go around to the back patio where several activities were set up including a gingerbread house contest, arts and crafts for the kids, and an opportunity to meet Santa.
A live Nativity scene courtesy of Kingsport’s LampLight Theatre was performed on the front lawn.
There was also a silent auction of donated items which raised more than $3,000 for the Of One Accord ministry’s Church Hill operations including the food pantry, medical mission, and Lunch Box summer child feeding program.
At the end of the evening, Volunteer High School’s VOLcapella singing group performed three songs. As the final note was sung in the final song, someone flipped the switch and a large Christmas tree behind the singers lit up.
If you missed the VOLcapella performance Saturday at the mansion, you can see the group Tuesday during the Volunteer High School Christmas Concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church and is free to the public.