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November 21, 2013

Tour to feature Marshall homes

This year’s Christmas house walk sponsored by the Clark County Historical Society is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and will feature five Marshall, Ill., homes plus historic Harlan Hall.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Discounted tickets are available at the Marshall Public library, Mill Creek Restaurant in Clarksville, Darcie’s in Martinsville, Ill., Casey State Bank in Casey, Casey State Bank in Westfield, Ill., and West Union (Ill.) Public Library.

Harlan Hall, at South Sixth and Locust streets, will be house walk headquarters. The historic 1872 brick structure was originally an opera house built over a livery stable. It currently houses the National Road Museum, as well as a community center. Light refreshments will be provided from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Harlan Hall where restrooms and an elevator also are provided.

The following homes will be on the house walk this year:

• The Hilda Jones home, 524 N. Seventh St., is a Victorian era white frame house built in the 1880s. The home features a large front porch with gingerbread trim, an impressive exposed stairway, original woodwork, leaded glass windows and six fireplaces, some with the original tiles.

• The Peggy Hutson home, 413 N. Sixth St., is a 1941 brick Cape Cod style house with a welcoming front porch and three floors of living space. There is a large fireplace in the living area, a sunroom, a deck and a newly decorated kitchen. Other features include special pieces of furniture and Hutson’s Santa Claus collection.

• The David and Dianne Rardin home, 302 N. Sixth St., is a Queen Anne style house that was constructed between 1902 and 1904. The exterior has Palladian and lead-set beveled windows, dentil molding and a large wraparound porch. The formal entrance features a grand foyer with hand-carved wooden banisters and quarter-sawn tongue-and-groove oak flooring. Other features include a solid oak pocket door, crown molding, planed glass doors and fireplaces.

• The John and Ruth Henry home, 304 S. Fifth St., is a two-story brick Italianate home that was constructed in the 1860s. The Henrys have done extensive restoration work, utilizing materials from similar structures, and have added impressive personal touches to the décor. There are three restored fireplaces and several unique pieces of furniture.

• The Joel and Miranda Sims home, 515 S. Michigan Ave., is a four-square style house built in 1926. It has been extensively renovated, and the original pine woodwork, including the stairway and window seats, was preserved during the renovation. The kitchen features solid walnut beams salvaged from the 1845 Millhouse barn in Clarksville. The highlight of this home, however, is the unusual and attractive décor associated with the Sims’ families, friends and experiences.


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