This circa 1840s brick Federal style home has recently undergone a complete renovation. Before the current owners purchased the home in 2016, it sat vacant and was in dismal condition for many years. The entire transformation took over one year to complete and the home features all new contemporary- style interior finishes.
Over the years this has been home to 30 different families and records indicate it was a boarding house from 1904 to the mid -1920s. During 1930s the owner of the home, Mr. Albert Thompson, deeded the home to his housekeeper, Ruby King. He stated in his will that she was “doomed to a life of toll.” After taking possession of the home, she only lived there for six months. The majority of the home’s owners only lived there briefly, on average 1-2 years.
The wrought iron fence in the back yard is engraved with Madison, IA. This was the abbreviation for Indiana from 1831 to 1874 before it was changed to Ind. A local business, Madison Iron Works, refurbished the fence stating it was the oldest fence they had ever completed work on.