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Holiday Tour of Historic Homes To Be Held December 1st and 2nd

  Visitors to this years' Historic Homes Tour can choose between two viewing opportunities to enjoy six lovely homes decked in Christmas finery. The homeowners whose homes are included on this year's tour include Parks and Paula Adams, Jon and Suzanne Siebrase, James and Debbie Chinworth, Randy and Sharon Fruitt, Dan and Willoughby Naragon, and Kerby and Sabine Thomas. 

An evening candlelight tour is available Saturday, December 1, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. by reserved ticket. Visitors on this escorted tour will have the opportunity to meet the homeowners and learn first hand about their charming nomes. The tours will depart from the

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  Strauss Center at Peabody Retirement Community located on North Maple Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets. Returning to the Strauss Center, the tour groups will be served luscious desserts and coffee. Tickets for the Saturday Tour are $15 each and must be purchased by November 28.

The Sunday Tour will be held December 2, 2001 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Headquarters for the Sunday Tour will be the Blocher Room at the North Manchester Public Library. Tickets, brochures and refreshments will be offered by the Historical Society, along with a continuous slide presentation of homes featured on past tours. Tickets and a rest area will also be available at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, 112 West Main Street. 

Tickets for the Sunday Tour are $7 in advance and $9 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the North Manchester Public Library, Wabash Carnegie Library and area businesses. For ticket information call 219-982-4773 or 219-982-2054.

Parks and Paula Adams Home

Dr. Parks and Paula Adams - 102 East Third Street 

Original paving bricks from Main St. embedded now as a kitchen
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  door patio mark one of the many interpretive touches of Dr. Parks and Paula Adams' restoration of one of North Manchester's oldest landmarks, the L. J. Noftzger home, built in 1880. One of the first homes in North Manchester with indoor plumbing and gas lighting, this three-story red brick Italianate structure represents a labor of family love for the Adams, who rebuilt by hand the ornate porch columns and re-plastered the original ceiling moldings and gas lamp medallions with the help of their parents, children, friends and other relatives. In addition to the three gas ceiling lamps still remaining in the 12-room home, a massive, wood burning nickel-trimmed kitchen stove-now converted to electricity-and two black, painted slate fireplaces convincingly take the visitor back in time to a quieter, simpler era.  

Jon and Susanne Siebrase - 101 East Third Street 

Owned now by a family steeped in the lumber and hardwood business, the old "Ulrey place," built in 1888 by William Wood, gleams inside like a furniture store, thanks to Jon and Susanne Siebrase who have rebuilt, stripped, cleaned and polished or painted every piece of exterior and interior wood of the three-story, fourteen-
Jon and Susanne Siebrase Home
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  room Italianate brick home. A showcase of primarily ash and walnut woodwork, their house features a gleaming wooden staircase just inside the front entrance, pocket doors and large openings between rooms trimmed with beaded, latticed arches, and a burgundy and dark green color scheme throughout. Among the many highlights of the home are a glazed tile fireplace, a new kitchen, with hand-crafted ash cabinets, and a new sun room constructed in keeping with the authentic décor. Museum quality antique furniture and lamps complete the century-old feel to the house.

James and Debbie Chinworth - 201 W. Main Street 

Lovingly decorated with heirloom quilts and antique family school desks, this 1877 Italianate dark red brick structure features a Second Empire style roof that makes it stand out as an historical landmark on North Manchester's main thoroughfare. A breath-taking, sweeping curved staircase fashioned more than a century ago at the Goshen Sash and Door Company and brought down on the Big Four train greets the visitor as one walks into the front hall to admire
Jim and Debbie Chinworth Home
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Randy and Sharon Fruitt Home the twenty foot drop of the elegant stairs. In keeping with the elegant entrance, blue flocked wallpaper and carpet highlight the woodwork throughout the home, which has been remodeled several times to expand rooms, add bathrooms and a sunroom. Other highlights of the home include a furnished basement with sealed, painted rock walls, an oak dining table with eights leaves, a period guest room, and a modern kitchen with hickory cabinets and cream tile floor.

Randy and Sharon Fruitt, 116 W. Main St. 

Owners of the Fruitt Basket Inn, Randy and Sharon Fruitt have furnished this 1904 neo-Classical and Queen Ann home with family heirlooms and collectible pieces that accentuate a golden oak interior. Double paned leaded glass doors and a columned entrance with egg dart beading greet visitors as they are ushered into a spacious summer parlor decorated in blue flowered wallpaper and blue, oriental style area rugs. A ribbon window with three leaded glass panels, a dish collection of rosebud chintz in an elegant, mirrored side secretary, and a matching set of fruited wood, inlaid end and coffee tables, ottoman and chairs, make this just one of the many resplendent rooms of the historical guest home. Four guest rooms, each decorated and furnished as period showcases, at the top of an elegant oak staircase attest to the home's history as North Manchester's premier bed and breakfast.
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Dan and Willoughby Naragon Home

Dan and Willoughby Naragon - 302 N. Market St. 

Featuring what was once the attic studio of nationally recognized contemporary artist Denise-Horne Kaplan, the Dan and Willoughby Naragon residence is a three-story Neo Classical home built in 1896. Furnished with collectibles and antiques from Mrs. Naragon's Ohio-born Grandmother Yount, including a pie-safe, treadle sewing machine and china plate collection, the home has leaded glass front windows and door, a brick fireplace downstairs and a glazed ceramic tile fireplace in the spacious master bedroom upstairs, and beaded pocket doors throughout. Geometric oak flooring dominates the first floor, and a beautiful, expansive entry way and wide hall leads to an unusual staircase to the rear that climbs to the bedrooms on the second floor and to the attic with its skylights and artist's loft. A modern kitchen with ceramic tile floor and counter-tops and an added-on screened sun porch make this elegant historic home a liveable jewel

Kerby and Sabine Thomas - 115 West Main Street 

Half a century old, the Kerby and Sabine Thomas home is a two-story, red brick, late Colonial Revival structure that has housed four pastoral families since it was built on the site of an old hotel by the

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Kerby and Sabine Thomas Home
  congregation of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Elegant and spacious inside, the home is marked by the Thomas's Colonial color scheme, heirloom china, and love of hand-refinished antique furniture. Among the many unique items are Sabine's grandmother's china collections from Germany, which were buried by her family in Ludwigshafen to escape Allied bombing during World War II, as well as Kerby's great-grandfather's collection of old cameras and glass plate negatives and steam engine prints. Holiday visitors will be treated to a traditional German Christmas tree festooned with lighted candles. A modern kitchen, with beechwood floors and European trimmings, is one of the Thomas's many fine touches to this historic structure, which will be moved to South Elm St. within the next two years.

Line drawings by Deb Hammond.