Augusta Museum of History's Holiday Gingerbread Village on display

 

Tiny candy replicas of some of Augusta’s famous historical buildings are on display, and up for auction, at the Augusta Museum of History.

The museum is holding its sixth annual Holiday Gingerbread Village through Sunday.

Inside the museum are six elaborate gingerbread structures modeled after local historical landmarks. They are up for auction, with all proceeds going to the museum.

The pieces include a candy replica of Engine Company No. 1 by Sweet Madness Bakery. The building has an almond-covered roof, a horse stall with two horses peeking out and a Christmas tree in the front yard.

The old Engine Company No. 1 house at 452 Ellis St. is now an office building occupied by Cranston Engineering Group. According to the National Park Service, it was the first firehouse in the city constructed as a public building and is one of the first that utilized the “storefront” style of the time.

Sheryll Maddox made a model of the Ezekiel Harris House, located at 1840 Broad St., complete with a little candy dog sitting on the back porch and a well in the yard.

Janet Metz, of Edgefield, S.C., came to see the gingerbread houses on Saturday with her three children. She said her favorite was the intricate depiction of Sacred Heart Cultural Center from Tres’ Bon Catering.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Lilly, said she preferred the model of Daniel Field made by Ingrid Etterlee.

Etterlee won Most Artistic for her gingerbread replica of the Miller Theater in 2009 and re-created Fat Man’s Forest in 2010.

Etterlee’s Daniel Field won Lilly’s heart because of her unique pieces.

“It has a lot of detail to it,” said Metz. “Each part is made of something different.”

The display is free to view and the bidding starts at $30 to take one of the sweet constructions home.

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