Waverly Comm’s Holiday House Tour to feature homes on Lily Lake Road

The Dawson home was built in 1974 by then Governor Scranton on land purchased nearly 100 years ago. - Submitted photos
Dubbed ‘Suaimhneas,’ Gaelic for ‘home of tranquility,’ the Kane family home stands on eight and a half acres overlooking the lake at Lackawanna State Park. - Submitted photos
The MacGregor home is the oldest on this year’s Holiday House Tour, presented by the Waverly Comm. It was built by a farming family in 1860 and still has the original dining room’s wood plank floors and exposed beams from more than 150 years ago. - Submitted photos

WAVERLY TWP. — In addition to the Artisans’ Marketplace at the Waverly Community House (Comm) on Nov. 18 and 19, the Comm will once again offer its popular Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. The tour showcases three homes on nearby Lily Lake Road decorated for the holiday season in a variety of themes and styles by talented design professionals.

This year’s Holiday House Tour is chaired by Kathleen Nelson and co-chaired by Sue Houck and is proudly sponsored by Toyota of Scranton.

The tour features the homes of Susan Scranton Dawson, Chris Kane and Malcolm and Ann MacGregor.

Built in 1974 by then Governor Scranton on land purchased nearly 100 years ago, the Dawson home has been lovingly renovated and is filled with family possessions that add to its charm and preserve the memories of Dawson’s parents and grandparents. The works of local artists help to enhance the beauty throughout the house.

The home is decorated by the owner, with renovations by architects Michele Dempsey and Mike Muller.

“Suaimhneas,” Gaelic for “home of tranquility,” was the name chosen for the Kane family home.

The home was built in 2015 on eight and a half acres overlooking the lake at Lackawanna State Park and is designed to capture a relaxed setting which capitalizes on the natural surroundings while integrating geothermal heating and air conditioning, energy efficient windows, state-of-the-art electronics and the modern conveniences of remote controls for all the homes settings.

The Kane home is decorated by Erin Kenny, of Decidedly Different.

The oldest home on the tour is the rambling farmhouse home of Malcolm and Ann MacGregor. Built by a farming family in 1860, the home has been occupied since 1925 by the Warren, Scranton, and MacArthur-Chamberlin-Graff families, all relatives of Ann MacGregor’s. Two additions were added over the years but the original dining room still has the wood plank floors and exposed beams that existed more than 150 years ago.

The MacGregor home is decorated by John Mackey and Holly Sebastian.

A trolley, courtesy of Gilbride Limousine, is available to take visitors to this year’s holiday homes. The trolley will run a loop beginning at the Dawson home. Ticket holders may park their cars in the field adjacent to the Dawson home to board the trolley.

Tickets for the house tour are $25, which includes the trolley ride, and are available in advance at the Comm. Tickets will be on sale in the Comm lobby during the Artisans’ Marketplace. For more information, visit waverlycomm.org.

The Dawson home was built in 1974 by then Governor Scranton on land purchased nearly 100 years ago.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-House-Dawson.jpgThe Dawson home was built in 1974 by then Governor Scranton on land purchased nearly 100 years ago. Submitted photos

Dubbed ‘Suaimhneas,’ Gaelic for ‘home of tranquility,’ the Kane family home stands on eight and a half acres overlooking the lake at Lackawanna State Park.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-House-Kane.jpgDubbed ‘Suaimhneas,’ Gaelic for ‘home of tranquility,’ the Kane family home stands on eight and a half acres overlooking the lake at Lackawanna State Park. Submitted photos

The MacGregor home is the oldest on this year’s Holiday House Tour, presented by the Waverly Comm. It was built by a farming family in 1860 and still has the original dining room’s wood plank floors and exposed beams from more than 150 years ago.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-House-MacGregor.jpgThe MacGregor home is the oldest on this year’s Holiday House Tour, presented by the Waverly Comm. It was built by a farming family in 1860 and still has the original dining room’s wood plank floors and exposed beams from more than 150 years ago. Submitted photos