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LaRue County home tour features four historic homes

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By Holly Tabor

The News-Enterprise

 Elaborate, charming and cozy, the homes on this year’s Holiday Home Tour and Tasting Party, presented by the Hodgenville Woman’s Club, will give new meaning to the term “home for the holidays.”

The sixth annual home tour will kick off Saturday with an appetizer and dessert tasting party from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the clubhouse, 19 Lincoln Square, in downtown Hodgenville.

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., visitors can tour this year’s featured homes, beginning with the home of Greg and Felica Harry, who live within walking distance from the clubhouse at 204 S. Lincoln Blvd.

The Harrys, along with their children Hannah and Ethan, and their dog, Buddy, moved into the home in August 2005. Originally built by Judge Handley in 1915, it was home to the late Nancy Goodin and includes features such as detailed period woodwork, large pocket doors, a built-in butler pantry, cabinets and tall ceilings. A staircase leads to a sleeping porch with drop down, hiding windows, a bath tub with pedal base and three large bedrooms.

Known as the Black house, the home of Martha and Don Costello and Martha’s sister, Nancy Conner, at 223 S. Greensburg St., was built in 1885 by Sen. David Highbaugh Smith. The Costellos and Conner bought the home in September 2006 and have made a number of improvements. The home is listed on the historical registry and features handmade shutters, a restored circa-1865 piano, original stained-glass windows, high ceilings and an elaborate staircase. Each room has a themed Christmas tree, such as a Victorian tree, doll tree and children’s tree.

The home of David and Leslie Gibson-Patton and their daughter, Victoria, offers the comforts of a simpler time. Located at 202 College St., the home was built in 1949 by Bob Sprowls and Melvin Crady for Berny and Addie Lane Morris. The Pattons have owned the home for two years and in that time have remodeled with the help of family. The home offers traditional holiday decorations.

Located on 150 acres of farmland at 9500 Gleanings Road, New Hope, the home of Larry and Sandy Bell and their son, Andrew, has been in Sandy’s family since the 1930s. Built in 1889, the home features original hardwood floors and a bay window, antiques and furniture that Larry built. Holiday decorations will include a traditional tree with ornaments collected over a lifetime, a Victorian-style tree with angels and antique ornaments, a tree with rooster decorations and old-world style ornaments, along with nativity scenes, snowmen and Santas scattered throughout the house. The potting shed/playhouse also will be open for viewing.

Tickets for the home tour are $10 and are available at the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville in advance. They can be purchased at the Woman’s Clubhouse at 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Admission includes a tour booklet, which includes recipes from the tasting. Register for two free tickets at the LaRue County Herald News. Check the paper for coupon and details.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the community projects of the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.