House tour on tap for Sunday in Greencastle

December 10, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Five Greencastle-area homes and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greencastle will be showcased in this year's Heritage Christmas Home Tour.

This is the fifth year the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the event.

The tour is part of the community's annual Heritage Christmas celebration.

It runs Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour tickets cost $10. Children younger than 10 are admitted free.

Tickets may be bought during business hours today at the chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St. and tonight and Sunday on Center Square.

Free transportation on a first-come, first-served basis will be provided by the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

According to information provided by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, stops on the tour include:

· The home of the Rev. Stacy Crawford and his wife, Lisa, at 105 W. Walter Ave was decorated for the holidays by the Crawfords and their three daughters. A live Christmas tree festooned with dried fruit, pine cones and cinnamon sticks is a focal point of the home. Each daughter has decorated her room with trees reflecting her individual taste.


· Michael Lushbaugh's home at 17719 Mason Dixon Road. It is one of the oldest on the tour. Built in 1860 and once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the house is described in tour literature as "a Grand Lady Victorian." In addition to rooms filled with antiques, Lushbaugh's home is a repository for his collection of more than 100 antique clocks.

· Arlin and Mary Lou Martin's modern home at 39 Celestial Terrace. It is a two-story, stone Cape Cod highlighted by Victorian decor. Only two years old, its 10 rooms provide ample space for the family's collection of antique oak furniture, heirlooms and collections of bees and honey bears.

· "Antrim Grove," a one-room school that closed 62 years ago. The home of Jeff and Pam Ott at 10072 Grindstone Hill Road houses a collection of antique sleigh bells, Longaberger baskets, miniature trains, Santas and nutcrackers, wildlife paintings and toleware.

· Barry and Carolyn Shoemaker's home at 242 S. Allison St. It was at one time the caretaker's home for the former Rosemont Estate. Henry P. Fletcher, a Greencastle native who became a world diplomat in the mid-1800s, once lived there. The Shoemakers decorate their home lavishly for the holidays with a Christmas tree and a different theme in every room.

Evangelical Lutheran Church at the corner of East Madison and North Washington streets will feature holiday music throughout the afternoon. Tours of the historic church will be offered.

Refreshments will be served.

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