RMH Foundation Holds Holiday Tour of Homes
November 30, 2017
The RMH Foundation is putting the finishing touches on this year’s line-up of homes for the bi-annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Those participating this year include Melissa and Jared Baughman on Red Oak Lane, Karen Jameson and Jim Burnett on Butler Street, Rachel and Matt Miller on Coyote Crossing, Bryan Smithenry on North Fair Street, and Brianne and James White, owners of Laurel 201 Private Guest House. The Heritage House Museum and McsBurg School House will also be open for touring the day of the event.
Of the private residences, the Jameson/Burnett home is the oldest on the tour, dating back to 1912. It is thought that the owner of the brick home on the corner of Mill and Butler built the home as a bridal cottage for his daughter. The house was originally one story with a basement and garage on the bottom floor, but in the 1990’s two additional rooms and a full bath were added to the attic space. At one point, the home hosted boarders, which was a common practice in WW II times.
The home of Bryan Smithenry on North Fair Street was built in the early 1990’s by Carl Sterchi as a retirement home for his parents. It is approximately 1,500 square feet, but seems much larger due to the French doors that open onto the patio. Bryan has updated the whole house inside and out and has constructed a beautiful outdoor space boasting a fire pit and a koi pond.
Rachel and Matt Miller have occupied their home at Coyote Crossing since 2016. Since that time, it has been a work in progress with a new roof and paint throughout being the first completed of several projects. This 7,200 square foot home has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and a large kitchen area. Rachel has accumulated many Christmas ornaments throughout the years and plans to decorate eleven Christmas trees throughout the home.
Laurel 201 is a private guest house operated by Brianne and James White. Built in 1913-14 it has a quaint cottage-like character. Available for overnight stays, the cottage has three fully furnished bedrooms, a kitchen, and the linens are provided. On nice days you can enjoy the large deck and small side porch.
Also included on the tour are the Heritage House Museum and McsBurg School House located at 122 West Elm Street. The Heritage House will feature entertainment throughout the day as well as refreshments free of charge.
Built in 1874 by Ambrose Hopkinson, the Heritage House is a fine example of mid-Victorian architecture of the Italianate style. At one point, between 1936-1960, it was converted to a boarding house, evidence of which you can still see on the sitting room floor. A fire seriously damaged the home in 1972.
Next door to the Heritage House is the McsBurg School House. This school is around 142 years old and was originally located about 4 miles north of Olney. It has been completely furnished with period pieces, including desks, blackboard, book cases, stove and a recitation bench.
The Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at TrustBank, First National Bank, and Citizens National Bank in Olney, the Chamber Office and the RMH Foundation office. For more information, contact Karen Jameson, RMH Foundation Director, at 618-395-6088.
Don’t miss your chance to tour these beautiful homes decorated for the Christmas season. In addition to the tour, there will be a raffle held for a jewelry tree, which features a pair of princess cut .33 cw diamond earrings donated by Stoneberger Jewelry in Olney, in addition to several pieces of estate jewelry. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or 6 for $25 and can also be purchased at any of the locations selling tour tickets. Tour tickets will be available the day of the event at any participating location while raffle tickets will only be available at the Jameson/Burnett home on Butler Street. Raffle drawing will be held at the conclusion of the tour, you need not be present to win. If you are not the winner of the jewelry tree, you still have an opportunity to win one of four gingerbread houses that will also be on display at the Jameson/Burnett home.
Proceeds from the event go to the RMH Foundation to go in support of the Medical School Fund.