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Annual Rockville Home Tour set for Saturday

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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The Ewbank-Loudermilk Home is a stop on this year's Rockville Home Tour, which will take place from 1-6 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy Photo.
ROCKVILLE -- The annual Rockville Home Tour will take place from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4.

Tickets and maps are available at the Art Gallery on the north side of the square in Rockville. Tickets are $8 with early sales discounted to $7.

For more information, call 1-765-569-9422.

Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (except closed on Tuesdays) and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.

All five places are very different and unique.

All proceeds will go toward the gallery and scholarship fund.

The Ewbank-Loudermilk Home is another stop on the Rockville Home Tour.

This 1883 high-style Italianate home is of historical interest.

If is the second of three two-story brick houses built in a joint effort by the Ewbank and Ratcliff families within a two-and-a-half mile triangle during 1882, 1883 and 1884.

The home was built on a portion of a farm purchased by Lancelot Ewbank Sr.

He was the first physician in Sugar Creek Township and built the first frame house in the township.

Brick for the three homes were formed from the clay deposit and fired in the kiln on the property.

Eileen and Roy Loudermilk purchased the home in 1973. Eileen restored the home after Roy passed away one year after they moved into the home.

She is responsible for restoring the home to Indiana Historic Landmark and National Landmark status. She opened the home as Parke County's first bed and breakfast.

During the Loudermilk renovation, the main house, which remains unaltered, was connected to the existing summer kitchen by an enclosed porch.

The summer kitchen was turned into a modern day kitchen, which serves as the entrance to the home.

The stencil in the old kitchen is based on an original stencil uncovered from under five layers of old wallpaper. Original woodwork has been maintained, except for the downstairs bath.

A large number of 1800 Victorian antiques as well as eclectic pieces grace the rooms with touches of history. Accessories and holiday décor have been added courtesy of Kay Timm and a Room with a View.

While chamber music plays in the background, the guests will witness a truly Victorian experience. They will be invited to share in trimming an old-fashioned cedar tree in the sitting room with strings of cranberries and popcorn.

They can make a "tussie mussise," for the tree or to take home. Samples of their bed and breakfast fare will be available in the formal dining room. Guests will be invited to fill a small paper bag with take home treats typical of a Victorian Christmas.



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