PARKE COUNTY, Ind. —
Five homes will be on Rockville’s Annual Home Tour from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1.
Clark’s Reception Hall will feature the popular Christmas Bazaar, also on Dec. 1. Artists have donated craft and food items for purchase.
All proceeds for the tour and bazaar will be used for maintenance and restoration of the second floor of the art gallery. The restoration project is well under way and should be completed during the first part of next year. A special celebration will be planned.
The homes’ ages range from the 1830s to one built 11 years ago. Another was once a place for trade transactions for both the English settlers and the Indians.
Tickets for the tour with directions and a map are available for $10 at the gallery on the north side of the square in Rockville. For more information call 765-569-9422.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Tuesdays) and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The homes on the tour include:
• Dan and Robin Vukovits’ home on Old 36 Road was built 11 years ago by Joe Miller. This 4,000 square-foot home has four to five bedrooms, and 31⁄2 baths and is located on five acres.
The living area is open and has country decor with neutral tones. The decorating is a little eclectic with family antiques.
Robin collects Longaberger baskets, Cat’s Meow village pieces, Rowe pottery and quilts.
Christmas collectibles include Dept. 56 North Pole Series, Anna Leigh dolls, Clothique Santas and Byers’ Choice carolers.
• Ted and Darla Burgess’s home in Bloomingdale was built by James T. Boswell for his wife, Rachel Morris Boswell, in the early 1900s.
This Victorian Queen Anne Cottage contains some original ornate woodwork and light fixtures, which have been rewired. There are hardwood floors throughout. It has a cottage theme with soft colors and a casual feel with the addition of some antiques.
When renovated, a large “man cave” with a loft was added as well as a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and custom designed cabinetry. The master bedroom and bath were updated with a custom vanity with a Bianco Carrara marble top, heated marble flooring and a refinished antique claw foot tub.
Special interests of Darla include gardening, antiques, baskets and collecting Santas.
• Zane and Kelly Davies’ home in Bloomingdale was built in the 1830s and has been owned by Ferguson Lumber, Kersey Newlin and Elaine and Bill Davies.
This traditional farmhouse has had several renovations done by Joe Miller. Three years ago the master bedroom and bath were redone, and a stonewall was added in the bedroom and bathroom. Five years ago a garage was added and the kitchen renovated. Original fireplaces add to the home’s charm. The stairway plus calm and neutral colors also add to the charm of the historic home.
• Joel and Sondra Clendenin’s 61 year-old home in Bloomingdale was built by Frank Garrard. It was first lived in by Milton and Mildred Davies and later by Bill and Elaine Davies until 2011.
In 2011 Mike Sandusky Construction remodeled the entire home by adding a master bedroom and bath, dining room, office, a front porch and laundry room. The color schemes include gallant golds, greens and reds. The master bedroom is salmon. This home sits on a beautiful hill surrounded by 23 acres of pasture and farmland.
• The poplar-sided structure next to the old Wilkins’ Mill — the Wilkins’ Mill Guesthouse in Bloomingdale — was built by George Wilkins in 1842. It was the center of economic activity where English settlers and Indians traded goods. Now reborn as the Wilkins’ Mill Guest House, the former general store is the gathering spot for family and friends to enjoy the wooded area and scenic Wilkins’ covered bridge.
There are two doors guests will notice that were used for trading: one for English traders to enter and exit and one half-door for trading with the Indians.
Owner Jean Turnmire has preserved the hand-milled paneled walls and pine floors while adding air conditioning, heat, TV and a modern bath with a whirlpool tub.
The main cabin accommodates six, but extra guests can sleep on a sofa bed inside or on bunk beds on the screened-in porch. A three-stall horse barn and paddocks are available for four-hoofed guests.