A Christmas Story House & Museum welcomed its 100,000th visitor on August 27, 2009. Brunswick, Maine’s Lee Stanton won the distinction–and a leg lamp–on his stop in Cleveland to visit the House
Lee Stanton, 26-year-old physical therapist insisted on a stop to the house on his drive from Maine to compete in an Ironman competition in Louisville, Kentucky. “I have probably watched the movie 25 times since I was 10 years old; it is one of my favorites. We got lucky!” Traveling with his mother, Sally Stanton of Fair Haven, Vermont, the pair decided to stay an extra day in Cleveland just to see the movie lovers’ mecca. She said, “It couldn’t have happened to a better person. He really loves the movie!”
The Stantons took home the same “major award” as the Old Man, a leg lamp, as well as other A Christmas Story House memorabilia, including an actual piece of the house, framed along with a commemorative ticket.
Since opening, the house has hosted three weddings, one renewal of vows and two proposals. Visitors have come from all 50 states and many countries, including Germany, England, China, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, Mexico and Thailand. People from all over the country and all over the world who love the movie have been coming in record numbers to join in the fun. It’s a great honor to share out tribute to one of the most memorable movies of our time with everyone.
Lee Stanton about to enter A Christmas Story House.
Lee Stanton is presented with his “Major Award” for being the 100,000th visitor.
Stopping to savor the moment (left to right) Angela Dickerson in the Pink Bunny Suit, Honored Guest Lee Stanton, Tour Guide Michelene Hart, and Executive Director Steve Siedlecki.
Lee Stanton inside A Christmas Story House with his “Major Award” and commemorative ticket.