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Open House set for area monument

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

GREENCASTLE -- Most have only passed by in amazement, gazing at the castle-like structure at the corner of Poplar and Vine streets.

With its eyebrow window high on the rooftop, its jaunty eyeball window on the south fašade, five windows in the turret sporting 128 panes and its artful leaded glass windows in the lower story, few probably have ever noted the hidden entry door tucked away under the curved and pillared verandah.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., the door will be opened wide to visitors.

The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County will open the Civil War Soldiers' Monument with a Benefit at the Dr. Clinton Zaring House on that day. Cost for admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students. Children 5-under will be admitted free.

There will be a house and office tour in addition to an ice cream social, featuring homemade Dairy Castle Ice Cream and cookies made by Putnam County Extension Homemakers.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to the Civil War Soldiers' Monument Restoration Fund. The monument sits in Forest Hill Cemetery.

The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County, through an offer of Tim and Kim Shinn (owners and preservers of the featured home) are seeking to raise an estimated $12,500 to cover the upper estimate of assessing and stabilizing Putnam County's memorial prior to the ravages of another winter in its 142 years.

Volunteers to help with the fundraiser are still needed and may call 765-522-1430 or e-mail byahraus@yahoo.com.

Donations for the monument may be sent to the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County, PO Box 163, Greencastle, Ind., 46135. Indicate Civil War Soldier's Monument on the donation. Donations are tax deductible.

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