Madison Life and Times Spring 2016 - Page 22

HOMES on the registry of historic places.” Eventually, the city sold the house to a volunteer board for $1 with the understanding that board members had to maintain it and keep it open to the public. But maintaining a historic home comes with many challenges. Two at the top of the list are raising money and finding volunteers, said Cagley. “I enjoy seeing the house in all of its beauty and glory,” Cagley said. “But our main problem is keeping fundraising coming in to keep it in repair.” From the outside, the house is French Second Empire with a mansard roof and protruding gables typical of that architectural style. But when visitors step inside, it becomes clear that it is actually two houses in one. The back portion of the home is the original twostory cabin, built in 1860. The front portion, which can be seen from Main Street, is a three-story addition, completed in 1873. Interestingly, the three-story addition, which features several bedrooms, has only one closet. “Only the wealthy could afford it, because they taxed it as a room,” said House Director Jean Whitsell-Sherman. “It was a real treat to have a closet.” In the past, the house hosted many field trips for area school corporations. But now, the school tours aren’t as frequent. “Because of limited funding and time out of The dining room features elegant china and crystal, a donation from Dr. Frank and Jayne Beeler. The room includes an antique settee and matching chairs from the late Marilyn Moneyhun, who was a board me X