Part II: DAR Home Tour
The annual Butler County DAR Christmas Home Tour will be held Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost is only $2 per home with all proceeds going to the DAR Scholarship fund. This year’s tour includes five homes, one of which is that of Pat and Kim Grubb located on Eric Young Rd off US Highway 79 South toward Russellville. This is a beautiful brick on a country lane complete with a back porch for viewing local wildlife including deer, turkey or whatever animal might be passing.
This home has a spacious open floor plan in the kitchen, dining and living room areas which makes it ideal for entertaining family and friends. The beautiful woodwork including hardwood floors and the living room fireplace just add to the cozy country feeling of the home. The Christmas decorations throughout will make this home a must see for your Sunday afternoon tour.
You’ve heard of “the twelve days of Christmas”, well how about the twelve trees of Christmas. When you visit the home of Stephen and Stacy Rice on the DAR home tour that is exactly what you will see. This home is located at 1099 Horseshoe Bend Rd in the Logansport community. Though built nine years ago, it is still a work in progress with many ongoing projects which the couple enjoy working on together. One highlight in the dining area is the large rectangular table built by Stephen; it is actually two square tables that can be locked together depending on the need whether card playing or large family dinners. Also in this room is the china cabinet built by the homeowner.
Several of the furnishings are repurposed. Some were dug from an old barn and some came from area yard sales. Of course there are also the pieces which have come down through the family, most with a bit of history and a story to go with them. The favorite of the twelve trees is the large one in the living room, complete with decorations from students, family and friends. This home is sure to be enjoyed by all those who come on the annual Butler County DAR Home Tour on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at a cost of only $2 per home. All proceeds will go into the Scholarship fund.
John & Beth Embry's Home
An approximately 1,800 square foot wood structure would be one way to describe the residence at 542 Caneyville Road in Aberdeen but that wouldn't quite tell the whole story. With the original structure built in the late 1940s, the old store building turned house is owned by John, Beth, and Isabella Faye Embry. A massive remodeling project last fall transformed the store building into a home, though the outside retains much the same look as it had a few years ago as Embry's Grocery, which was owned and operated for over 30 years by John's parents - Wendell and Shirley Embry. It is also the site of the original "beech tree" of Beech Tree News. One of the later additions to the store was actually built around the huge beech tree.
With rough "sawmill" lumber, a wood porch with cedar posts, and "country store" signage with related décor, visitors may think the store is still in operation - which is precisely what has happened a few times over the past several months. Once inside, the two-story structure opens to a large room that features a kitchen across the back, dining room, living room, and a sitting area. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms are downstairs, while the upstairs also has two bedrooms - one currently being used as a much-needed playroom for a rambunctious four-year old. The home will be decorated throughout with the Christmas spirit and will also contain a few tidbits of the past when the building was home to a thriving country store and was a community gathering place. We look forward to your visit. Remember the tour is Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 to 5:00 p. m. at a cost of only $2 per home, with all proceeds going into the scholarship fund