Grand Haven's Christmas Cottage?

Mark Brooky • Dec 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Madeleine of Grand Haven asked, “What can you tell me about the legend of the Grand Haven ‘Christmas Cottage’? What was it and where is it?”


Known by some as the Christmas Cottage or Christmas Lodge, its name has nothing to do with the upcoming holiday. And, I’m afraid, it no longer exists.

The old Michigan Central Railroad Depot was moved 98 years ago from Harbor Island to Grand Haven’s north shore.

According to Dr. Dave Seibold (in his local history tome “Grand Haven: In the Path of Destiny”), when the railroad no longer had use for the depot, it was sent on a barge to the north shore, near the old Coast Guard station, by the Christmas family. Local historian Wally Ewing says it was George and Cora Christmas who bought it, had it moved and turned it into a cottage.

The Christmas Cottage, or Christmas Lodge, stood at 20060 North Shore Drive for many years. Ewing said Peyton and Jean Allen purchased the property in 1980 from Jack and Virginia Kinney. The Allens sold it to Channel’s Edge of Caledonia, who razed the structure about 10 years ago.

Read about the oldest cottage on the north shore in a previous Mailbag: “Oldest North Shore home?

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