Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 109

Continued from page 83 Underwood Tiny House - Southeast Quadrant Downtown Square PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY that lived here. Most of the homeowners feel like we do, we are less like owners and more like caretakers, not only of the house, but of its shared history. Houses open and the tour begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. It’s a self-guided tour so you can pick and choose where you go when. The cost of the tour is $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center at 1400 Texas Drive, the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce at 410 Fort Worth Highway or online at www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com. Photos of each of the locations can also be found on the website. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Doss Center on tour day. The tour is sponsored by many local businesses including: 1st National Bank - banner sponsor, Suncrop Landscape and Irrigation - print sponsor. House sponsors include: Rosa’s Café, Cyberhorse Construction, Jamie Bodiford Brinkley-Realtor Century 21 Judge Fite, First Financial Bank, Parker County Today Magazine, PlainsCapital Bank, Tate’s Total Training and Texas Bank.  All of the money raised from the tour benefits historic preservation projects in Parker County. The tour has paid for necessary improvements at Chandor Gardens, records preservation at the Weatherford Library and a host of other worthwhile endeavors. So on Dec. 10, take a few hours out to see some lovely homes and learn more about Weatherford’s rich history. It’s a great chance to see behind the doors of the houses you’ve driven past and long wondered about. “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” — Lord Acton NOVEMBER 2016 The Tiny House is 174-square-feet of thoughtful living space. At only 13 feet tall, the home is built to last with an exterior of metal and cedar and is mounted on a trailer so you can take it with you anywhere. Construction was completed in 2016 and the house took about four months in total to build. The couple was assisted by Sam’s brother Daniel and they have left full-time jobs to start Small Dwelling Company to make other people’s tiny house dreams come true. Come see what a tiny house looks like at holiday time! My home (Richards/Moorman Home) is one of the houses on tour and as a homeowner I have been asked multiple times if I’m crazy to let 800 to 1,000 people tromp through my house. Why as homeowners do we participate? I can tell you our experience has been very positive and this is the third time our house has been on the Candlelight Tour. Over the years we have met wonderful people who had great stories about where we live. When we purchased our house over 13 years ago it was in terrible shape. In fact, we didn’t have electricity upstairs, the house had never had central heat or air conditioning and there was a huge hole in the ceiling from a water leak near the back door. While most people would have run the other way, vintage homeowners are different, at least the ones I’ve met over the years. This is the third old house that my husband and I have taken on. We love the doors that squeak and the floors that creak. It’s the character that we are drawn to. During the first tour we met a woman who lived upstairs in our house during WWII. While I read about housing shortages and people sharing houses to save on resources in my history books, it makes the history come alive when you meet someone who experienced that in your very own house. We had fun researching our house and finding out great details about the families 107