Area residents and visitors step back in time to celebrate a traditional holiday season Saturday, Dec. 2, at Historic Cold Spring Village’s free Wassail Day event.

Visitors met Father Christmas and visited the village’s decorated buildings dating back to 1691.

Historic Cold Spring Village portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 26 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and heritage tourism.

During the summer months, interpreters in period clothing discuss and demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles from the “age of homespun.”

From October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States.

The village is on Route 9, three miles north of Cape May. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or see

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