On November 12, the Prairie Life Historical Foundation will hold a Home Tour in the Wellsville and Middletown area.
All the venues will be decorated for Christmas and the tour will be from 1-5 p.m. In Middletown, the home of Harold and Michelle Woodson will be showcased.
This home was known as “the “Confederate Cottage” during the Civil War since the people living there were southern sympathizers and they fed the soldiers lunch right across the street from where the Union soldiers held their dances.
The next home, off BB out of Middletown, is the gorgeous new home of Beth and Herb Schnitker with many unique features including an active dormer and a sliding barn wood door and a to-die-for kitchen.
In Wellsville, tour the Train Depot and learn the history of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. The depot was built in 1907 and moved to Hudson (Main) Street in 1981.
The home of Bill and Cindy Collins, on North Second Street, is a bungalow style home built in the 1920s.
One of the first families to reside here was the John and Ruby Reed family. John was one of the three sons of C.D. Reed, owner of Reed Mercantile in the business district of Wellsville. John’s daughter Dorothy grew up in the home. John’s granddaughter Jane Rosen, from the state of California, will be joining us on the day of the tour.
In March of this year, the home burned. Renovations are now complete and the home is decked out for the holidays.
The gorgeous Reed House, built by C.D. Reed for $5,000 in 1912, is a must see with each room lavishly decorated for Christmas.
The home, located at 300 North Second Street, will feature a bistro serving hors d’oeuvres, wine, and coffee.
Tour guides will be available giving history and interesting facts about the homes.
Tickets at $15 are available at all Martinsburg Bank and Trusts, including the Vandalia branch and at the American Bank in Middletown and Wellsville.
They’re also available at the “Optic News” in Wellsville or by calling 573-684-6191.