Historic house walk

On Wednesday, May 1, the Monticello Public Library and Monticello Heritage and Cultural Center partnered to offer an historic house walk event. Led by Deb Bowman, the two-hour walk took participants to several neighborhoods, showcasing historic, landmark homes. Bowman pointed out the Queen Ann tower on top of McNeill Hardware, and said several homes also have the same tower, though smaller. The tour took people in the area of the old railroad depot, as Bowman talked about the style of homes that were built to house railroad employees. Many of those homes are still in place today. The homes along Second Street are known as the “Silk Stocking” district because the wealthy people supposedly lived in that area. The home at 215 N. Chestnut St. is reputed to be a Sears-Roebuck house. The home at 221 N. Chestnut was a Stuhler home, and the location of the first house phone in Monticello. The Farwell mansion, which was owned by the Norlins, has a long history in Monticello. Bowman said rumor has it that it was part of the Underground Railroad movement. Bowman said some homes are reverting back to the painted lady style of painting with several colors of exterior paint. The Hodge house on W. First St. is a prime example. The former M.M. Molten home on W. First St. is an Italian Renaissance-style home. Bowman said the original kitchen was unattached from the home in case of fire, and to keep the heat out of the house during the summer months. (Photos by Kim Brooks) 

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