WOLFVILLE, NS – This will be a special year for the Christmas Home Tour in Wolfville, which will mark both Canada 150 and St. John’s Anglican Church’s two-hundredth anniversary.
This is the event’s third year, and organizer Vicki Harris is looking forward to seeing those participating take a step back in time when they enter each of the three historic houses.
The tour emphasizes a traditional Christmas experience, with the houses decorated as they would have appeared 150 years ago.
“It takes us back to the simplicity of Christmas, as it would have been back then,” said Harris.
Centuries of history
Sandra Fyfe is the reverend at the church, and will be decorating the rectory to be featured on the tour.
She will also prepare the church as it would appear on a Sunday morning, with some period decorations along with candles for people to light in memory or in thanks of loved ones.
People will be able to sit and reflect in the storied space, which has seen 200 years of worship and wonder.
“The walls are dark wood, and most people find it envelops them. It’s not just a heritage building – it’s a living faith and hope, and you have a sense you’re not alone,” said Fyfe.
Hearkening back to times gone by
This sense of history is an integral part of the tour, which also features a 250-year-old house, complete with its original floorboards and fireplace.
Harris is particularly excited to showcase this house’s tangible heritage.
“It’s a planter house that’s been fully restored, and offers an amazing chance to step back in time,” she said.
The third annual tour will be happening December 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Traditional Christmas refreshments of apple cider, gingerbread and eggnog are also served on the tour at the Anglican church.