Christmas in Cumberland - 2014 Heritage Home & Village Tour

Saturday, November 29 - 12:00-4:00 p.m. 

Limited tickets - in advance only. $20 each, available until November 26. Call Donna at 613-833-2507

When Abijah and Elizabeth Dunning and their son and daughter in law Salmon and Debra settled along the river in 1802, the early settlement was known first as Foubertville and then Osborne. It wasn't until 1864 that Abijah's grandson, George Gibb Dunning, as postmaster, changed the name to Cumberland Village. The 1.5 km route along Old Montreal Road between the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in the east and the Aglican Church to the west and north to the river piers, was once the thriving heart of a rural Cumberland Village, where people worked hard and families shared many joys and supported one another during tragedy.  Echos of the past still murmur through the town and if you listen hard and will transported back in time....

The Cumberland Community Association in collaboration with other organizations in the Village are planning an incredible day in Cumberland Village for you to celebrate the spirit of the season with step back in time…a festive afternoon Heritage Home & Village Tour, steeped in historical nostalgia. Peek inside several heritage homes and notable buildings in the village, stroll along the main street and enjoy carolers, and ride from one place to another on a horse drawn cart. Buy home made preserves, have a cup of hot cider or listen to piano played by a community member in the house she played in 50 years ago...these are just a few of the unique activities and specialities that will be entice you into the past and make you smile! Seven homeowners have agreed to open their doors for a limited number of ticket holders so they may enjoy their vintage decorations and share some intriguing stories and folklore regarding the rich history of their homes. 

Event bags including tour map must be picked up by ticket holders at St Andrew's United Church between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tour ticket includes entry to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum's Vintage Village of Lights (3 - 8 p.m.) The museum includes several buildings that were originally in Cumberland Village and all will be decorated in their traditional splendor. The illuminating of the Village for 2014 will be at dusk. Participants are asked to bring a donation for the Ottawa Food Bank which can be dropped off at the church.

The Anglican Women's Committee will serve lunch for $8 and host a bazaar at the Maple Hall (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) while 'Treasures from the Attic' and seasonal music will draw you to St. Marks Anglican Church at the western end of the village. , This will truly be a memorable afternoon in what we hope will become an annual community tradition. We are encouraging residents, particularly in the village core to decorate their homes with white lights to help with the heritage feel. It will be an afternoon to remember as we slide back in time.

 We are grateful to the many community organizations that are collborating in this effort as well as to our many sponsors who have made this event possible. If you would like to participate or have questions, send us an email at or

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Mark the date NOVEMBER 29, 2014