A glimpse into 19th-century holiday traditions will be available at the former home of composer Benjamin Hanby, whose "Up on the Housetop" remains a traditional Christmas tune.

A glimpse into 19th-century holiday traditions will be available at the former home of composer Benjamin Hanby, whose "Up on the Housetop" remains a traditional Christmas tune.

The Westerville Historical Society will have several holiday-themed tours of Hanby House, 160 W. Main St., in early December.

The home, which was built in 1846, will be fully decorated for the holidays, and costumed guides will be on hand during the tours to share the story of the Hanby family.

The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was lived in by the Hanby family from 1853 to 1870. In addition to being a composer, Hanby was an abolitionist, and the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The holiday tours will feature live music and refreshments, and a taped performance of the Ohio Village Singers will be shown on the half-hour.

Dates and times for the holiday open houses are:

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, in conjunction with the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's Home for the Holidays event. The Messiah Handbell Ensemble will perform.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, with the MEEK Quartet singing.

1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Jan Sprechter will play the 19th-century piano in the home's parlor until 2:30 p.m., and Ron and Beth Kenreich will play a piano duet, with Rand Methfessel on the clarinet, until 4 p.m.

1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12, with Pat Clous playing the violin until 2:30 p.m., and Dennis and Lily Davenport performing until 4:15 p.m.

The cost for the holiday tours are $3 for adults, $1 for children and $2.50 for seniors and AAA members. Tours are free to members of the Ohio Historical Society.

The Hanby Christmas tours have been a tradition of the Westerville Historical Society, which manages the home on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society, for 35 years.