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December 5, 2013

Jeffersonville Holiday Homes Tour Dec. 7

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeff-Clark Preservation will be returning to their holiday homes tour this Saturday after a several year hiatus. Always one of the favorite holiday activities, this year’s historic homes tour promises to please.

Tickets may be purchased at the Market Street Bed Inn, 330 W. Market St., for $20 beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Seven houses will be showcased this year. A trolley ride will be provided between homes and food and beverages will be served at the bed and breakfast throughout the tour which runs from 5-8 p.m.

You are invited to visit:

• Two homes on Court Avenue — John and Mary Pardon will be welcoming you at 940 E. Court Ave. This lovely home was built in 1888. In 1916 it was the home of Emil and Myrtle Ettel who worked at the Quartermaster. The Ettels were grandparents to local county historian, Jean Burke. It was purchased by Mary in 1976. This home is an organizers dream with beautiful built-in cabinets and even a Murphy bed; and Janet and J.B. Borgemenke own 723 E. Court Ave. This cottage with a gabled sidewing was built in 1880 by Grover Cleveland Jackson. It was purchased by the Mull family who resided there from 1903-19. Their daughter married a Vissing who gave birth to a son who would later become a popular mayor of Jeffersonville. Beautiful throughout, be sure to notice the hand painting in the hallway done by a local artist.

• Diana and Mac Kircher, 625 E. Maple St., are long time members of Jeff-Clark Preservation. This beautiful home was built in 1904 by the Coll family, local merchants. Ionic columns, an inviting swing and a themed decorated front porch welcomes you into this family home. Filled with English and French family antiques, each room is unique and elegant. Diana, co-owner of downtown shop, Sugar Maples, is known for her talents in decorating. You will see whimsical vignettes designed by Diana in each room. Typical of fine homes in this era, there are two staircases. It is said that a vision of a young girl is often seen sitting on the front stairs.

• The Willey-Allhands house, built around 1910, is at 115 W. Chestnut. This beautiful home was moved from Sparks Avenue on Spring Street Hill and is now the home of Historic Landmarks of Southern Indiana as well as two other businesses and the office of the Clark County Museum. The classical revival style home was a gift to Indiana Landmarks from Clark Memorial Hospital. A sun filled breakfast nook was surely a favorite of the Allhands’ daughters.

• At 330 W. Market Street you will find the Market Street Inn. Carol and Steve Stembro bought this lovely Second Empire style house in 2002 and opened the beautiful B&B in 2005. It was built in 1881 by George and Barbara Pfau. In 1906 it became ‘The Old Ladies Home’ housing eight Civil War widows. In 1985 until the 1996 fire, it was the homeless shelter, Haven House.

There are many stories of “hauntings” involving a young woman who once lived there. Her daughter died before her first birthday and the young woman died of grief. She has been seen on several occasions.

• Across the street at 315 W. Market you will visit The James Keigwin House owned by Bill and Roxanna Whitaker. This is the second oldest home in Jeffersonville shown in the earliest stages of restoration. This frame house was constructed of hand hewn log timbers, some with bark still in tact. The owners have saved two other homes in Jeffersonville, which they still own and provide extensive research and background to the guests. One of the home’s log tree timber rings has been professionally dated back to 1680.

• At 416 W. Riverside Drive you will visit the home of Steve and Beverly Knight. Besides the breathtaking view of our beautiful river, this home, built around 1913 by the Pfau family also, showcases family antiques displayed amongst antique Christmas decor. Vintage quilts and original paintings done by Indiana artists are tastefully displayed as well as a collection of pottery.


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