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Henrietta families open homes to benefit Project Graduation


Five Henrietta families have offered their homes for viewing by the general public during the annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 2. The tour is self-guided from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tour of Homes benefit Henrietta High School’s Project Graduation. Tickets are $10 each, and available at the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce Caboose and Henrietta City Hall.

Tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour at bake sales beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 2. The bake sales will be held on the south side of the courthouse lawn and at Dollar General in Henrietta.

Houses range from turn-of-the-century landmarks to new construction.

The Bettye Franklin home

The Franklin Home — 801 N. Bridge St.

In a style common to Henrietta at the turn of the century, the home of Bettye Franklin was built in 1909, and features a large porch with railings and gingerbread trim on the east and south side.

The home is located at 801 N. Bridge, and is one of the oldest in the Fairview addition.

Franklin moved “to town” in 2001, and completed renovation of the cottage shortly after. The home features most of the original woodwork, including doors and doorknobs, and trim. Franklin strived to keep as much of the home as original as possible. Windows were replaced to original size in an effort to make the house more energy efficient while leaving the original structure intact.

“I’ve always loved to decorate for Christmas,” Franklin said. “I’ve reduced the number of full-size trees I decorate to smaller, table-sized trees.”

Franklin will have a 40-year collection of German glass and wooden Christmas ornaments, antique Santa decorations and Radko ornaments on display.

“In 2010, I was able to go to Germany for Christmas and purchase decorations at one of the largest Christmas markets in the world in Nuremburg, Germany,” Franklin said. “I love the traditions of Christmas and try to keep them alive with my children and grandchildren, baking cookies and gingerbread houses for fun.”


The Chris and Angie Duncan home

The Duncan Home — 203 N. Archer St.

Chris and Angie Duncan have lived in their Craftsman-style home at 203 N. Archer St. with daughters Kristen, 18, and Addie, 12, for six years.

The two-story home, built around 1917, features a prominent porch with heavy support columns. The roofline has a pair of dormers and is marked with clipped gables.

Inside, the house has its original hardwood floors and claw-foot bathtubs, as well as some of the original beadboard. All interior doors and doorknobs are original, with most of the original moldings still in place.

For Christmas, the home will be decorated with items handed down from family members.

The Jimmy Ben and Denise Gill home

The Gill Home — 315 Rosalee St.

Jimmy Ben and Denise Gill have lived in this ranch-style home at 315 Rosalee St., in the Eastview Addition of Henrietta, for 42 years. The home was built in 1964, and remodeled in 2011.

The brick home features a stone façade, added during the remodel, as well as modern amenities.

The Casey and Kimberley Allen home

The Allen Home — 109 Pioneer Trail

Casey and Kimberley Allen share their home at 109 Pioneer Trail, located in the Centennial Addition of Henrietta, with three children, Parker, 7, Paxson, 4, and GraceLynn, 21 months. January will mark three years since the Allen family moved in.

The home was constructed in 1994 and features “The Bat Cave,” a small outdoor room used for serving snacks and drinks by the pool. Parker and Paxson named the room when the family moved in.

Guests to the home are welcomed by a small pond and waterfall near the front entrance.

During the tour, Kimberley Allen will have Christmas décor and Pinterest projects on display.

The Michael and Kelley Bloodworth home

The Bloodworth Home — 1005 Vineyard Lane

The home of Michael and Kelley Bloodworth was one of the first built in Henrietta’s newest addition, Country Meadows, where they live with children Corbin and Brynn, both 13. Son Chance, 22, serves in the US Navy, and is stationed at Norfolk, Va.

Construction of the home was completed in 2007. The Bloodworth family purchased the home in March 2008.

The frame house features an Austin stone façade with rustic cedar shutters and modern amenities.

Kelley Bloodworth collects Santas, and will have several Christmas trees on display.


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