December 18, 19, and 20, 2020
During this popular event, visitors tour the Kendrick Mansion by electric candlelight and watch live actors perform a play that unfolds room by room. They step back in time to see
what the Kendrick family and their staff members might
have been doing on a Christmas Eve spent in their home, known from the start as Trail End.
The characters - portrayed by local volunteers - and script - carefully researched and written by Trail End staff - are based on real people and real events.
Unlike our loud and lively Holiday Open House, the "Christmas Eve" tours are intimate gatherings, with only six people per tour. Groups are lead through the house every twenty minutes or so, stopping in six different rooms to see how the holiday story unfolds.
This special tour - presented in partnership with the Sheridan Civic Theater Guild - is recommended for adults and children 8 years of age or older.
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Wednesday Evening in July
What could be better than relaxing in the shade with friends and family? Or playing barefoot badminton in the thick, cool grass? Or enjoying a picnic dinner under the trees to the accompaniment of live music?
But throw in free admission to Trail End, and you've got a perfect evening's entertainment.
A Summer Evening at the Mansion is usually set for a Wednesday evening in late July, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00. The Kendrick Mansion is open to visitors at no charge during these hours, with staff and volunteers on hand to answer questions.
Badminton and croquet are set up on the lawn, where you can challenge your best buds to a friendly game or two. While cookies and lemonade are available - courtesy of Trail End volunteers - everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and make an evening of it.
Live music is presented on the south porch, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy the concert.
Join us for Trail End's Annual Murder Mystery Party!
If you've never participated in this type of event, you're in for a treat. In the Trail End version, you and up to thirty-nine other people dress in costume and mingle with friends and strangers on the mansion grounds. Your job is to seek clues to the solution of the night's mystery.
Prior to the event, you are provided with a character name and biography so that you know how to dress and how to act. At the start of the evening, you are given additional information as to the motives for your behavior, but it is not until the last minute that the victim and the murderer know who they are!
Everyone has secrets to hide and secrets to share - and everyone is a suspect - even YOU.
Tickets must be bought in person at the museum to receive character and party information. (Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.) Tickets include refreshments, and a cash bar will be available.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
Spend the afternoon viewing autos made between the 1920s and the 1950s, as period music plays in the background. The cars will be parked in the driveway and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite one!
The museum will also be open for self-guided tours that afternoon.
Sorry, canceled for December 2020!
An annual Sheridan tradition for over thirty years, the Holiday Open House is sponsored by the Trail End Guilds, Inc., and is always held the first full weekend of December.
The event features live entertainment and holiday decorations throughout the spectacular 1913 Kendrick Mansion.
Open House hours are always from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of December. Admission is two dollars for adults. Children are admitted at no charge, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
One of the most popular aspects of Trail End's Holiday Open House over the past several years has been the presence of our very own Father Christmas. The Big Man in Red will be at the mansion throughout the open house to listen to Christmas wishes from children of all ages.
Our bevy of musical guests begin their performances at 4:00 and continue through 7:00. If there is a particular performer you would like to hear, be sure and arrive early to get a good seat!
Either before or after listening to the music or visiting with Father Christmas, step into the Kitchen to enjoy some of our legendary Figgy Pudding and Hot Cider (food and drink are not allowed in any other part of the house).
Sorry, canceled for January 1, 2021!
Every January, Trail End participates in the "First Day Hike" program – a twenty-plus year old national initiative designed to encourage not only a healthy and active lifestyle, but an appreciation for the nation’s parks and historic sites.
Starting at Trail End at 10:00 a.m., New Year’s Day, participants walk a path through the northwest corner of town that includes the Trail End grounds, the buffalo and elk pasture, the fairgrounds, new and historic neighborhoods, several ponds, a couple of historic trails, and more. Several short talks are presented along the way, full of well-researched history.
Park staff and volunteers lead the hike, which is about two miles long. Comprised of relatively gentle slopes, the trail is perfect for hikers of all ages, including those in strollers. Leashed pets are welcome. The hike concludes at the Kendrick Mansion, where hot cocoa and snacks are offered.
There is no charge for the First Day Hike. Unless they're in strollers, the hike is not appropriate for children under eight. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. The weather on New Year’s Day is normally pretty wintry. Participants are urged to wear appropriate clothing.