The Jennings County Historical Society’s 2022 City and Country Tour of Jennings County Gardens, Homes, and Barns is scheduled for the weekend of June 25 and 26.
Historic homes, expansive and artistic gardens, the only container house in Indiana, and a restored early 1900s barn and grain silo will be on the tour both days.
The 2022 tour offers something for everyone – historic homes, contemporary and artistic, an industrial-style container house, an unfinished renovation of an 1834 monument, and a restored centennial barn and corncob.
Max and Susan Hill’s house was built on two acres in 1993 in an Art Nouveau style. The spacious surroundings consist of 12 acres of gardens and courtyard art. This is a testament to Max and Susan’s love for plants and art. The many seating areas in the gardens entice tourists to “sit for a while and admire the extensive gardens and unique artwork,” say Max and Susan.
Malcolm and Juliana Hill started building the container house about seven years ago. It is one of the first in Indiana and is considered the second best in the world. The industrial look is visible throughout the house, including exposed metal walls and piping. An 1875 vault door, made for a courthouse in Versailles, Indiana, adorns the entrance to the house. There are many amazing details to enjoy as you travel through this unique home.
Jeff and Anna Walker own two historic homes on Brown Street in Vernon. When they moved to Jennings County in 2019, they purchased a two-story gabled brick house in Vernon built around 1840.
The house has been renovated over the years and has an addition with gardens. Jeff and Anna recently had the opportunity to renovate another historic home just a block away called the Jacob Clinton House, built in 1834. The two-storey brick house is under reconstruction. Jeff and Anna wanted to talk about the different stages of a historic home renovation where the walls and ceilings are left exposed.
“This is a rare occasion where tourists can see the bare walls and other exposed areas of a house built nearly a century ago,” says Chris Asher, event coordinator.
Daniel Smith and Hayley Ballard purchased a two-story, 12-room Victorian home located on Jennings Street in North Vernon in 2019. The house was built in 1883 by Ernest Tripp, son of Hagerman Tripp, founder of North Vernon. . Original moldings, pocket doors, stained and stained glass windows, chandeliers, 11″ ceilings, 13″ baseboards and a unique ice box are just some of the great features. A 9-inch marble island in the spacious kitchen is the perfect place to entertain family and friends.
A beautifully restored barn and corncob is on tour near North Vernon. Cy Barn is owned by Louise Malcomb, Jennings County Representative for the Indiana Barn Foundation. It had been used as a pig shed and equipment storage for many years, so it needed a new roof and other conservation measures. Renovation began in 2019 with clearing and plans.
At the beginning of 2022, the cornfield was closed and closed. Sai Barn was built around 1900 when it was owned by Frank and Rose Gardner Keller. Lewis Estal and Edna Malcomb purchased the barn after Cy Green passed away in 1965. Sai and his family were farmers, raising mostly pigs and some cattle.
In addition to these sites, the Historical Society’s Victorian Railway Office and Barb Cooley’s garden will be open for walking and visiting.
The tour will last June 25-26. The Saturday tour will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and the Sunday tour will run from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Vernon Historical Society starting June 15th. Tickets before the tour date will cost $15 each. Tickets for the day of the tour will cost $18.
Refreshments and toilets are available at the Historical Society during the tour.
For more information, call 812-346-8989 or email jenninghistorical [email protected]