Craig Day, News On 6

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma -- There are many holiday open houses set during the weeks leading up to Christmas. But there is only one in Oklahoma that will take you back in time 160 years in an antebellum home.

If you've never been to the Murrell home near Tahlequah, you owe it to yourself to visit. Any time of year is fine to see Oklahoma's only antebellum home still standing, but around Christmastime, there's a little something extra.

"We really kind of hope that everybody enjoys the Christmas season, that's what it is all about, it's not meant to be stressful," said David Fowler, Historic Site Director.

Volunteers are starting to put up the holiday decorations at the home which was built in 1845. They're getting ready for the Murrell home's holiday open house.

"It's my favorite event," Fowler said. "The house looks better then than it does all year long."

Visitors will be taken back in time to see what a magnificent home like this would look like during Christmastime in the mid 19th century.

"Christmas is a little bit different in the 19th century than we know it today," he explained.

One difference: you'll notice plenty of handmade linen paper wax stars, just like you would have seen so many years ago.

"It is a simpler version of Christmas based around a meal and family joining each other for the day," Fowler said.

Although the decorations will be up through the New Year, during the open house you'll also see volunteers in authentic period clothing.

It's hoped visitors take away an appreciation of an Oklahoma treasure, and a little yuletide joy of the season.

"It's kind of nice and relaxing to see everybody come in and enjoy the house all dressed out for Christmas," he said.

The Murrell home is just southeast of Tahlequah. The open house is this Sunday, December 12, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always needed.