Christmas Tours at Lynde House Museum

The Dining Room decorated for Christmas 2016 - see more photographs below.

The table was set, candles were lit, fragrance of roast turkey wafted through the dining room as if to say... "Welcome to Lynde House, imagine Christmas might in the Victorian Era".

It all started with some research into what a Victorian Christmas might be like.

Old Fashioned Christmas images reminiscent of the Victorian era

Here are some ideas we found for inspiration.

"Christmas ornaments (sold in stores) in the 1870's included butterflies, crosses, diamond, and lead stars created by Nuremberg toy makers, blown glass ornaments (Kugel) from Lauscha, Germany, and wax angels, animals, and Christ child dolls. merchants sold celluloid toys, soldiers, dolls, and birdhouse ornaments. A factory in 1875 manufactured silver foil icicles. In 1880, Frank W. Woolworth began selling blown-glass ornaments, and angel hair became available. Between 1880 and 1910, Dresdin manufacturers created glass ornaments, and gold cardboard camels, storks, peacocks, pianos, and sailboats and were used for Christmas decorations. In 1890's cotton was added to angels and santas." The Guide to Popular Culture edited by Ray B. Browne & Pat Browne.

We hope you enjoy these images from tours at Lynde House Museum 2016

Jennifer Dunn welcomes visitors to the Parlor at Lynde House

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When the Lynde family lived here, they most likely would have gone into the woods behind the house to cut a real Christmas tree and also make wreaths and boughs.

Halima Bacchus greeted museum visitors demonstrating how to make Christmas wreaths, sprigs of greenery to wear and swags.

The original Lynde House kitchen was not part of the main structure and was destroyed by a fire years ago. The kitchen is now located in the south-west corner room.


Some Victorian Trees were placed on top of tables. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert - Decorate Christmas Tree, Illustration from Godey's Lady's Book, December 1860.

Whitby Historical Society volunteer, Joyce Marshall, poses for a photograph in the upstairs parlor during the Sneak Peak Christmas Event.

The upstairs parlor at Lynde House fills the area where the large front window looks out onto Brock Street South in Whitby. The parlor suite is called the Prince of Wales suite, come visit and find out why...

Christmas tree on table in upstairs hallway at Lynde House. Portrait of John Borlaise Warren on wall. He married a daughter of Jabez Lynde and began the first post office in Whitby.

This year at Lynde House Museum the Christmas Tree theme was the Lynde Family and so ornaments were created using old fashioned frames with some Lynde Family portraits inside. These were photographed, printed and then cut-out. The two large gold frames used were donated by a friend of David Chambers for the 'teaching collection' and enlargements were printed. One of Clarissa Lynde Warren, a daughter of  Jabez Lynde and one of John Borlaise Warren (sister and brother in law) to hang in the house. Miniatures of other family members were used only on some of the trees. The Lynde Family have a fascinating history and story, why not visit and hear more.


Other Victorian art images were also used to add colour. The reverse of all the ornaments were embellished with sentiments of the season such as, Peace, Joy, Kindness, Family Values, etc.

Music Room at Lynde House

The Victorian Period was known for its over the top décor. "Twinkling lights hung on fragrant boughs, laced with golden antiquities; garlands strung from the mantle, framing a glowing fire of crackling pinecones.” The very first strand of electric lights were used during the Christmas season of 1880.

Candles on the Christmas tree were often real; however, in our 2016 décor we were able to purchase real-looking rechargeable battery operated candles thanks to the Bingo funds through Pickering Charitable Gaming Association Delta Pickering. Many of the other decorations were also purchased through Bingo funds. Volunteers and staff had a lot of fun arranging and decorating.

Kirstyn Allam, Executive Director and volunteer in costume welcome visitors at the front entrance.
Mary Prettie-Elliott in costume shows visitors through the children's bedroom at Lynde House during one of the Christmas evening events.
Monica Effenberger, Assistant Curator and Joany Burtinsky, volunteer, pose by the Christmas tree in the dining room.
Time for a break between visitors in the upstairs hallway, Barb Auchterlonie and Kirstyn Allam chat in the upstairs hallway.
Barbara Haug, Monica Effenberger and Joany Burtinsky stand around the tree in the dining room.

Many thanks to all who participated in events during Christmas at Lynde House Museum. To our donors, staff, volunteers, and board members a hearty thank you!



Blog and photographs: (minus -Old Fashioned Christmas images reminiscent of the Victorian era) Trina Astor-Stewart