Historic Collinsville will host Candlelight Christmas tours December 14-15 for the first time in 15 years.

During the two evenings from 4:00-8:00 p.m., docents will take guests on guided tours of the pioneer settlement. Each home and structure will be donned with holiday décor appropriate for the 1830s – 1870s era. Guests will also enjoy music and a fireside Christmas story. Additionally, refreshments and vendors will be onsite.

The off-the-beaten-path pioneer settlement first opened in 1974 to give children a “hands-on” experience, outside of the classroom, about life in the 1800s. It’s been open to the public since 1997, recreating the past with 18 historical structures each filled with authentic period furnishings dating from 1830-1870 that show a glimpse of life before and after the Civil War.

Historic Collinsville is located at 4711 Weakley Road in Southside, Tenn. It is 15 miles from downtown Clarksville and 28 miles from downtown Dickson.

Tickets are available and are $12 for ages 12 and up; $9 for ages 6-11. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Please order tickets based on your preferred starting times. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Upcoming events at Historic Collinsville include an Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 and Spring Homecoming, the official season opening, on Saturday, May 4.

Southside Summer Nights, a new bluegrass and gospel music concert series, will be coming to Collinsville this summer.

Historic Collinsville is open for self-guided tours April 25 through October 27, 2019 Saturdays, 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sundays, 1:00-5:00 p.m., and by appointment during the week for groups of six or more. Regular admission is $7, children under five are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. It is also available for rentals for weddings, corporate retreats, birthday parties and other events. For more information call Linda Ebel at 931-245-4344, visit www.historiccollinsville.com, or find them on Facebook.