ATHENS — The public has an opportunity to visit the historic Kenner House, along with three other historic homes, during the Athens 2015 Holiday Historic Home Tour, “The Elegant East End.”
Guests will enjoy snacks and live music while strolling through the homes.
According to Tom O’Grady, Athens County Historical Society and Museum director, many people have probably wondered about the castle-like home on Athens’ east side, visible from the bypass near East State Street, and been curious about what it is like on the inside.
Known as the Kenner House, it is located at 30 Utah Place and was built in 1929 by D. Zenner of D. Zenner and Company Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Dry Goods and Clothing in Athens. The home has recently been renovated by local businessman and owner Jeffery Chaddock and includes a formal garden.
The tour will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 and includes three other historic homes as well, two from the 1920s and a later model built in the early Athens subdivision referred to as the Grandview Highlands.
Houses featured are a Georgian Revival with an impressive stairway built in 1927 for the prominent Beasley family who were exceptionally successful grocers. The home was later owned by Dr. Morgan, who established Sheltering Arms Hospital, Athens’ first hospital. Another home was the family home for the founders of Lawhead Press, a full service commercial printer serving Athens, Parkersburg and Columbus, both from the 1920s. A 1950s ranch reinvented as a modern 21st century open space home for an artist will round out the Home Tour.
Tickets are available at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, 65 N. Court St., Athens, or at any of the homes on the day of the tour. Call Eli at 740-592-2280 for ticket information. Proceeds will benefit the Athens County Historical Society and Museum.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.