The Holiday Spirit will be aglow on Saturday, Dec. 3, during the annual home tour presented by the Art Gallery on the north side of the Square in Rockville from 2 - 7 p.m. Five homes plus the open house at Sugar Ridge Pottery are on the agenda. Tickets with map included can be purchased at the Gallery for $7. Also enjoy cookies and treats while browsing at the Holiday Boutique. Baked goodies, candy and hand painted ornaments are just some of the items available. For more information call 765-569-9422.
Homes on the tour are:
Ron and Marcia Akers-- 58W 150S, Rockville
This 1972 Cape Cod home is located in a rural setting, yet only moments from Rockville. The Akers purchased the home in 1985 and remodeled the kitchen and baths in 1998. They enjoy the wooded area and big yard which gives them the opportunity to work outdoors and to entertain their grandchildren. A newly added special feature is Ana Coniglio's first Parke County mural (a "must see" jungle scene in the children's upstairs bedroom).
Phillip (Bud) and Nona Brown-- 406 College
The home was built in 1911 and is believed to be a Sears and Roebuck catalog home. It has the original woodwork along with three original glass windows and two pocket doors. Every room in the house is decorated. The living room mantle and Christmas tree are decorated in a family and kid theme. Each year the grandchildren have a special personalized ornament on the tree, which they take home after the holidays. The kitchen is decorated with lots of snowmen - you almost feel frosty! In the office, you will find a farm theme with a wall decorated tree. The dining room is Victorian with the tree in gold, silver and cream. There is also the Coca-Cola Room. A Coca-Cola Christmas village greets you and the tree is the same theme. As you walk up the sidewalk to the front porch, look up to the third floor window and you will see the tree being decorated.
John and Fran Harmon-- 416 West Ohio St.
The Harmon house was constructed between 1842 and 1845. Building materials included hand-hewn polar timbers, a full 10" x 10" square. A welcoming wrap-around porch invites visitors into the foyer, which features a curved corner of windows with curved oak trim. On the east wall is an original stained glass window. The central stairway displays whimsical fretwork spandrels. These serve no purpose beyond delighting the eye and stating "this is a happy home." Pocket doors bracket the double-width doorway, opening to the living room.
An original bay window with curved glass, plus a bibliotech, acquired from a local antique shop, are special features in the room. The dining room has an original oak fireplace mantle with oval mirror. The firebox was designed to burn coal, and has been restored. The kitchen was recently remodeled, but maintains traditional values. The upstairs has three bedrooms. This provides an excellent spot for horticultural pursuits and private sun basking.
Jerry and Lisa Leonard-- 310 High St.
This 1878 home was previously owned by Eleanor Carter. Lisa has been restoring the home and it is currently for sale. This beautiful four bedroom Victorian has several distinct features: original refinished oak floors, 10-foot ceilings, restored transoms, new crown moldings, two original fireplaces (one metal and one marble), antique light fixtures and original radiators. A new gas heating and central air unit has been installed. New carpets and closets are in several rooms.
Harold and Margaret Richey-- 1104 Eastwood Dr.
This ranch was built by the Richey's in 1961. It features three bedrooms, two baths, living-dining area with chimney between, kitchen, large family room and deck. Mr. Richey also built a large stone patio area which gives the family room a great view. Among the many interesting features in the home are the glassware and artwork.