Christmas on Vinegar Hill returns to Mount Pulaski for 31st year

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[November 07, 2019] 

The 31st Annual Christmas on Vinegar Hill will be held Saturday, November 23rd from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. The event will include locations in private homes, churches, and businesses in Mount Pulaski area offering crafts, antiques, baked goods and more. A number
of locations will serve homemade food. Locations are in Mount Pulaski, Chestnut and Elkhart.

Green wooden Christmas trees with numbers and letters will mark the shopping sites. Maps will be available at all locations and at the courthouse. Over 125 crafters and antique collectors will be on hand for this event.

The Mount Pulaski Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln argued cases when he rode the old 8th Judicial Circuit will be open to allow visitors to enjoy period decorations in the town offices and courtroom.

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Christmas on Vinegar Hill takes its name from a colorful period in the town's past. Prior to the-repeal of the eighteenth amendment (prohibition) in 1933, Mount Pulaski stayed “wet” longer than the surrounding "dry" towns. Since Mount Pulaski had thirteen prosperous saloons and a few bootleggers, the railroads brought many customers into town from several directions. Upon nearing our town, the conductor would call out "Vinegar Hill - next stop." They would ride in with empty flasks and ride out with full ones. Thus, our town earned the nickname, "Vinegar Hill."

Visit our web site at www.mtpulaski,  click "In Our Community", and then click "Christmas on Vinegar Hill" for further information.

[Ron Stoll]

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