Friday, March 27, 2009

Historical Home Welcomes Spring

Barbara and Floyd Wheeler Home

This historical home in Marion sets on the corner of East Carlisle and College Street. It welcomed spring to Marion this week with a show of green leaves and white blossoms of the Bartlett Pear trees lining it's entrance on College Street.

This home was built by the David Woods family in 1905. It has been in continual use ever since, being used once as an annex for the old Crittenden Hotel, that was located a short distance up the street from the house. During this time the home fell into a bad state of repair.

The house was purchased by Barbara and Floyd Wheeler in 1963, and it took them about 15 years to get it restored to it's present day grandeur. The interior is furnished with antiques, which most of them were restored by the Wheelers. The home has five bedrooms, three have working fireplaces, five baths, two living rooms, a dining room, study and kitchen. You can tell as you look at the home as you go by, that is loved and well cared for.

Most any time during the warm weather you will see Floyd, or Rip, as his friends call him, working around the house and yard or enjoying a rest in the shade of their patio, which is also charmingly furnished with antique furnishings. A favorite place of mine to stop and visit for a while with Rip.

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