FNU Celebrates Longstanding Holiday Tradition at the Big House

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) proudly hosted the annual Holiday Open House - at the Wendover Big House, the historic log home of FNU founder Mrs. Mary Breckinridge. The local community was invited, and many current and former families of Leslie County, Ky., attended the joyous celebration. Guests enjoyed homemade cookies and Wendover's very own signature hot chocolate. Drama students from Leslie County High School conducted tours of the Big House in character of Frontier Nursing Service Staff from 1925.


Kiersten White featured a Healthy Foods activity as her first quarterly event in line with her Americorps VISTA service. She created handouts for parents with Healthy Holiday tips and advice for picky eaters. She also worked hands-on with many children who attended the party, talking about their favorite foods and food groups to promote healthy lifestyles.


Santa Claus was also on hand to give gifts to the children. The toys were purchased using Christmas and Children's Fund donations given by FNU friends. The remaining toys were donated to the Leslie County School District Resource Center to be given away to area families. The Fund was also used to purchase 20 hams for the Leslie County Food Pantry.


The holiday party tradition at the Big House started in Hyden, Ky., on Christmas Day in 1925. More than 500 people enjoyed this very special open house and Big House celebration. Click here to view the Wendover Community Holiday Party on WYMT news.


View photos from the Wendover Holiday Open House here.


Learn more about Wendover Bed & Breakfast Inn at frontier.edu/wendover. Wendover Bed & Breakfast Inn is owned and operated by Frontier Nursing University. The Wendover Big House is designated as a National Historic Landmark.