Shel­burne X-mas house tour

Prop­er­ties in Gun­ning Cove, Chur­chover, Rose­way & Carl­ton Vil­lage on SRA 2018 Christ­mas House Tour


Three homes and two his­toric com­mu­nity land­marks along the scenic Shore Road in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Shel­burne are on the 10th an­nual Christ­mas House Tours brought to you by the Shel­burne Re-en­act­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (SRA), be­ing held Sun­day, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The homes of Donna and Greg Ren­nehan, Pat and Mark Van­buskirk, and Beth Van­Buskirk and Devon Wad­den, as well as the St. Paul’s Hall and the St. Paul’s United Church are the prop­er­ties be­ing pre­sented for this year’s tour. The tour also in­cludes a re­cep­tion at the Gun­ning Cove Fire Hall for treats and en­ter­tain­ment.

A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the tour will be do­nated to the lo­cal food bank and the par­tic­i­pat­ing church. There will be a door prize drawn at the re­cep­tion. Tick­ets ($10) are avail­able in ad­vance at Shel­burne Fur­ni­ture, TLC Phar­macy, and the Whirligig Book Store. The day of the tour, tick­ets will be avail­able at each house.


Start­ing with the home of Donna and Greg Ren­nehan (#578 Shore Road, Chur­chover) the Ren­nehan res­i­dence was built by Greg’s father, Harry, 27 years ago. The house sits on the side of a hill with a panoramic view of Shel­burne Har­bour. One of the old out­build­ings on the prop­erty used to house the lo­cal hearse and ac­cord­ing to Mr. Ren­nehan Sr. peo­ple were laid out in the liv­ing room which is why they think there are ghosts in the new house. Donna, ac­cord­ing to friends and her hus­band, is a Christ­mas fa­natic. She loves Christ­mas and dec­o­rates all three floors of her home. One of her spe­cial trea­sures is a spec­tac­u­lar Christ­mas vil­lage which grows ev­ery year. For this year’s house tours there will be two vil­lages fea­tured at


The his­toric St. Paul’s Church Hall (#1804 Shore Road) was once the school for the area. Com­pleted in 1892, stu­dents were sep­a­rated by gen­der, as was the prac­tice of the time, with there be­ing a girls en­trance and lobby, and a boys en­trance and lobby. These two sep­a­rate doors still ex­ist to­day. The orig­i­nal black­boards also re­main in the build­ing. The school closed in 1961 and in 1963 was pur­chased and given to St. Paul’s for church pur­poses


St. Paul’s United Church (#48 Church Road, Car­leton Vil­lage) was erected by Pres­by­te­ri­ans in the 1860s. The church had a tall steeple with a ball on top which fish­er­men used as a land­mark. St. Paul’s be­came a part of the United Church of Canada at the time of Union in 1925. The orig­i­nal tin on the ceil­ing and walls along with the rest of the church build­ing has been well main­tained. The tall spire had to be low­ered in re­cent years. Join in with the car­ollers for Christ­mas mu­sic when you stop by on the Christ­mas house tour.


Next on the tour is the home of Pat and Mark Van­buskirk (#107 Ocean View Lane, Rose­way). Built in 2008, this beau­ti­ful East­ern Cedar Log home is si­t­u­ated on a hill over­look­ing Shel­burne Har­bour and McNutt Is­land. Mark is a di­rect de­scen­dant of Cap­tain Van­buskirk. Hon­our­ing the Van­buskirk fam­ily’s long ties to the sea the home will be dec­o­rated in a nau­ti­cal theme. The open con­cept liv­ing room, din­ing area and kitchen, and bed­room and loft will de­light vis­i­tors with an imag­i­na­tive use of rope, shells, green­ery and more.


The last stop on the tour is right next door at the home of Beth Van­Buskirk and Devon Wad­den (#109 Ocean View Lane, Rose­way). The cedar shin­gled two storey home was built in 2008 and is sur­rounded by the his­tory of the farm­ers that once worked the land, in the ap­ple trees, grapevines and foun­da­tions they left be­hind. Here tour go­ers will find a rus­tic fam­ily Christ­mas with a touch of glitz. Up­stairs the open con­cept lay­out has views of the wa­ter and will be dec­o­rated with tra­di­tional Christ­mas themes. Down­stairs you will find a whim­si­cal world with Santa’s “Man Cave,” Mrs. Claus’s “Spa Re­treat” and a toy work­shop busy with elves.

CUTLINE: YV-28112018-shel­house­ren­nehanThe Ren­nehan home of Donna and Greg Ren­nehan lo­cated at #578 Shore Road in Chur­chover. The home of Pat and Mark Van­buskirk is lo­cated at #107 Ocean View Lane in Rose­way.

The his­toric St. Paul’s Church Hall is lo­cated at #1804 Shore Road.

The Ren­nehan home of Donna and Greg Ren­nehan lo­cated at #578 Shore Road in Chur­chover.

The home of Beth Van­Buskirk and Devon Wad­den at #109 Ocean View Lane, Rose­way.

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