NORTH CANTON The Hoover Historical Center was in full Christmas spirit on Dec. 3 for the annual Family Christmas on Hoover Farm at the Hoover Historical Center inside Walsh’s Hoover Park. Warmer weather and bright sunshine brought out hundreds of people for the free event that included cookies, hot chocolate, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit with the man of the season, Santa Claus.
Volunteers decorated the center and various community service groups assisted The Herb Society to decorate the Christmas trees. Local musician John Whitacre provided classic Christmas music on the mandolin, mountain dulcimer and violin.
There were also volunteers helping to bake and handout free cookies. Cutout cookies were being baked in the kitchen of the center using the old-fashioned stove. And, the North Canton Girl Scout Troops provided gingerbread houses to compliment the holiday décor.
Families stood in a long line to take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the Hoover Park. The Yoders from Jacob’s Classic Carriage from Millersburg brought their two all black Percheron horses to pull the wagon. The clip-clop of the horses could be heard throughout the park along with the occupants of the wagon singing traditional Christmas carols.
Trees inside the Center were decorated by various groups this year including North Canton Rotary, North Canton Meals on Wheels, North Canton Ladies Literary Club, The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center and Walsh Alumni Association. Ladies in vintage clothing were baking cookies in the old-fashioned, cast-iron stove inside the Center.
"We have 100 volunteers this year, along with 30 volunteer bakers who made four dozen cookies each to give out today," said operations coordinator Ann Haines. "They have all helped continue this wonderful North Canton Tradition and make the event such a success."
Haines said any leftover cookies would go to the North Canton Meals on Wheels.