The Tom Wethereald Home at 23rd & Washington Street is probably the cause of the huge success of the tour. How could you drive down Washington Street this past summer & not notice? The grounds are beautifully kept & this summer the window boxes & flower beds overflowed with bright pink Supertunias which caught our attention. For the tour, the window boxes were removed except for the lower level, & filled with fall leaves & pumpkins.
Next door & around the corner from the Wetheralds, lives the Schumakers, Hutch & Kevina. It is filled with Hoosier art works & antiques, including a grandfather clock that belonged to Hutch's grandfather. On the south end of the home is a greenhouse garden room that was purchased from an older home in Indianapolis & moved here, piece by piece.
Next door to the Schumaker home is the "Smith-Pearson Home", built for Sudie Smith in 1929. She was the treasurer for Golden Foundry for 44 years, retiring when she was 84 years old! The house has had only basic work done to it & is almost as it was when it was built. Throughout the home are glass doorknobs, and beautiful glass pulls on the kitchen cabinets. The small kitchen features linoleum floors & a red linoleum counter top, probably original with the home. (The Schumaker's have purchased this home & are using it for a rental property. They hope to be able to keep the home in it's unrestored condition.) Fun to look at but I wouldn't want to live there!
As a young girl I was an avid reader of the "Grace Livingston Hill" books. I always imagined those stories taking place in a house much like this one. Sadly, the interior needs thousands of dollars of restoration work done to it. But it is still a beautiful, stately home, and I hate to see it just sitting there on Washington Street, wasting away. Thankfully, a new tile roof was installed in the last few years.
It's for sale! Maybe we should buy it for one of Grace Livingston Hill's heroine's house party's!
Just around the corner on 19th Street is the home of Don & Dody Harvey who have lived there since 1975. It was built sometime in the 1940's by an engineer at Reeves Pulley Company, Dale Rush.
And look at what Bob found in the Dody's back yard! A 1933 "Radio Blue" Plymouth...that used to belong to Don Dody's parents.
The main structure, or the original home, was built during the Civil War by John Story. In 1970 it was remodeled to serve as a visitors & welcome center for Columbus.
By 3:40 when we had finished the tour, we were worn out! It was a great day & I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2 more years. You did a great job, Bartholomew Conty Historical Society!
The pumpkin patch display in the back of the Schumaker home on Riverside Drive