Madison Life and Times Spring 2016 - Page 21

HOMES Keeping History Alive Gruenewald Historic House a link to Anderson’s past STORY AND PHOTOS BY JULIE CAMPBELL O nce upon a time, Martin Gruenewald came to the United States from Germany in 1860 with $4 in his pocket. Ten years later, he was one of Anderson’s wealthiest and most successful businessmen and land owners. While Martin’s story may seem like a fairy tale, the Gruenewald Historic House stands out among the more modern structures on Main Street as a testament to his life and a reminder of days gone by. Keeping the stories of the Gruenewald family alive and educating the public about the Victorian era in which they lived is one of the main purposes of the Gruenewald Historic House. “As recently as 1970, it was to meet the wrecking ball,” said David Cagley, who serves as president of the board and also plays the role of “butler” during special events at the house. “That’s when community people got involved and got it listed Dainty desserts and elegant china make visitors feel special at Gruenewald House events. MADISON 21