We recently visited Dey Mansion in Wayne for their Colonial Dutch Christmas event. It was a beautiful but cold day to stroll the grounds and tour all the buildings. The house was the residence of Col. Theunis Dey and is decorated with 1780-era furniture to show how it would have looked while he lived there. Half of the house is decorated for the family and the other half shows how it looked when George Washington used the house as a headquarters for two periods of time in 1780.
Holiday decorations were all over the house and most consisted of ribbon, dried flowers, fruits and evergreens. It was a gorgeous look and the curators were very proud of the period touches.
Away from the house, there was a kitchen building with period food, including Dey Mansion Orange Cake. The cake was a specialty of the family’s cooking staff and was a large cake filled with orange segments, raisins and walnuts.
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