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History of the Home


This historic home is 100 yrs old!  It is very unusual to find homes of this age in our area.  While the exact date of the building is not known, it is believed to be built between 1912 and 1915.  Think for a moment about what else was happening in the world at that time.  The Titanic took its ill fated maiden voyage in 1912.  In 1913 Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as president.  And sadly, 1914 saw the beginning of WWI. 
Many of the large windows which adorn the home are original.  They still have the wavy glass that you find in museums. 

The chandelier in the main entrance (seen below) is original to the home.  It originally operated with gas, but at some point it was converted to electricity.  

We would like to thank Mr. Alexander Austin of Austin Photo Studios for this beautiful photograph.  
I wish that we had photographs this home being built.  Perhaps the building supplies arrived by train.   I wonder if workers brought supplies to the property on a cart drawn by horses or in a motorized vehicle.
In any case, we became the ninth owners of this property in 2012.  

And this is the story…
My husband and I were driving around the area.  He drove right by the home without even noticing it. I saw the home and was immediately intrigued.  

My husband turned our car around and pulled into the driveway.  The house was not for sale.  To me, it looked like a home right out of a storybook.
Being significantly bolder than I, he walked up to the front door, knocked, and asked the former owner if he would be willing to sell the home to us.  He graciously offered us a tour.  We happily accepted his invitation and were in awe of the place, loving the high ceilings, the hardwood floors, and everything else. 
The former owner agreed to consider selling the home to us.  A few days later after some consideration and discussion with his wife they agreed to sell it to us.  A few months and many prayers later we received the keys.

You can see some more really great photos taken both inside the home and around the property by checking out the August 5th blog by Palacios Photography.
In the future, if you do pay a visit to Memory Lane Photo Spot, be sure to ask us about the secret passageway.  But I really can’t write about it because then it wouldn't be a secret passageway any more!

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