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DONNA L. HOLMAN T&D Correspondent

A small lighted Christmas snow village that started with a few houses over three decades ago has grown into such a big show that Robert and Mary Wilburn built a closed wooden outdoor display case for their passion so they could share it with the community.

“A friend and I went to the Highlands in North Carolina in 1990 and each of us bought a house and a train. We just kept adding and adding every year, ”said Mary, who also set up a little scene in her beauty salon when she worked at Mt. Pleasant. Robert happily shared that his wife’s customers have started bringing in items to add each holiday season.

“We had always installed the display in the house and a few years ago we decided that we had to make a house out of it,” she said, indicating that it was getting so big that taking it apart to put it away and tidying it up as a whole village rebuilding itself every year has become a monumental task.

“We have a Nutcracker theater scene, which is not a snow village, but I liked it. And we have Princess Diana’s house. We have a lively ski lift, which is new this year, ”she said.

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The Polar Express train, with children waving through the windows and Santa Claus riding a car, whistles as it passes through the village and enters the mountain tunnel and back again. There are many churches, at least a cathedral, a farm, many village pillars such as sodas, gas stations, restaurants, a library, a bus depot, a nursery, a fire station, a police station and car garage.

There’s even a Starbucks, the Coca Cola Atlanta bottling plant, and the Ryman Auditorium representing Nashville, Tennessee.

Most of the buildings and houses are lit, and almost all of the features are named after Department 56. Floor lamps and lamps highlight the children playing, snowboarding and celebrating the joy of the winter holidays together. Moss, paint and cotton make up the mountains and clouds placed on the walls and ceiling to add depth and a more real feel to the bustling and bustling village.

Mary said she saw the clouds on display at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach and brought that inspiration to their design.

“We want to invite the public to discover our snow village. It would take you some time to see it all, so plan to spend some time there, ”said Mary.

Just outside the exhibition barn, the Wilburns designed a quaint stable scene with straw and hay for shepherds, wise men, animals and the focal point of the Christmas season, the baby Jesus in his wooden manger. Mary recounted that a few years ago when they had free range hens one morning they woke up to a dozen brown eggs laid in the feeder.

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“We want to share our Christmas village with more people,” said Robert, asking you to call 843-568-4920 for the address and make sure he is available to welcome you into a full experience. sights and sounds of Wilburn. Snow Village, a little off the beaten track near Hwy 210 in Bowman.

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