Historic Home Tour
It's a funny thing when you live in a small town, especially one that has been around for a while. Sometimes you need a bump to the mind to remind you just how special it is. This past weekend the Arts Council hosted a tour of historic homes. Now, they have hosted these in the past, but it has been a few years. This weekend they had some new ones on offer, or new to me since last time.
First on my list was this landmark that sits on main street. Built in 1904, is considered to be in the Colonial Revival style. Unusual since most of our historic buildings are in the Federal architectural theme.
This house continues to be lovingly cared for by a descendent of the original owner. In her eighties, she likes to do her own plaster work on the walls.
One of my favorites on the tour, this small Federal style home was built between 1815-1825. The current owner is working to bring this home back to original condition, though much of the woodwork, including these fantastic windows, remain.
The owner did detail that family members died of influenza in 1826, and this house, along with a multitude of acreage, was acquired by the local sheriff.
Period furnishings, and this wonderful quilt, were on display in the house.
Hard to believe just by looking at this house, but part of it is the original log structure that has been preserved. The interior walls remain and are a feature of the house. Built in 1790, the log structure sits on land that was part of a land grant available to Revolutionary War veterans.
The house contains a twelve foot hole in the cellar that was used as a hiding place for the Underground Railroad. A hiding spot in the attic was also discovered.
I didn't visit all of the houses on tour. Six houses were available for touring and at each home the owners were there to provide the history of the home. Several of the owners lived in these homes as a child and consider it a labor of love to care for them.
"Houses, like people, have personalities, and, like the personalities of people, they are partly molded by all that has happened to them."