The beautiful Moss Mansion
This holiday season, the beautiful Moss Mansion will come alive for ‘A Fairytale Christmas Display’ of amazing trees. Seventeen local non-profit charitable organizations have decorated their own trees in stunning style matching the fairytale theme, and each guest that visits is invited to vote for their favorite tree as part of the evening. The organization whose tree is chosen as the best will win a cash prize of $150 for their charity, with prizes being awarded for the ‘People’s Choice’ and for ‘Best Theme Interpretation.’ The holiday season runs from November 2nd through January 4th, with tours running every hour on the hour between 10am and 3pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm on Sundays. Locals and guests staying at a hotel near Billings MT should explore this holiday themed display show. Not only are the seventeen trees dressed up for the occasion, but the interior of the house is decorated in the original Moss family Christmas style as befits a building of its age and beauty – making it a sight not to be missed.
Located in the heart of Billings, the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum is sat where it has always been, at 914 Division Street. Built in 1903, Moss Mansion was created by Mr. Preston B. Moss who was moving into the town of Billings from Paris, Missouri. His move to another state led to him wanting a house befitting his status in an area where he was less established, causing him to commission the building of the beautiful mansion. Moss Mansion has 28 rooms, built to a square plan which is 18m on each side. Until 1984, Moss Mansion house was home to Mr. and Mrs. Moss and their six children, along with three servants who helped the family. At the time when it was built, the house cost in the region of $105,000. Most houses built in that era cost around $3,000 – which goes to show just how dramatic and significant this building was.
Photo courtesy of www.billings.k12.mt.us