MARSHALL - Four homes in Marshall were hit hard with visitors Sunday afternoon, when, after a one-year hiatus, the Lyon County Historical Society's Holiday Home Tour got back on track.
Countless people seemed appreciative to have the opportunity to take the tour this year. The annual fundraiser had been a tradition for 20 years, but when no homeowners came forward last year, the event was cancelled.
"I look forward to it," Janet Doom said. "I've been on a number of tours before."
Photo by Jenny Kirk
Laurie Boerboom, right, and her grandmother Janet Doom take a peek at the children’s Christmas tree in the attic of Mark Goodenow’s home during the Lyon County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour on Sunday in Marshall. Three other homes were also on display for the 21st annual LCHS fundraiser.
Doom brought her granddaughter Laurie Boerboom with her this time.
"It's exciting," Boerboom said of touring Mark Goodenow's home. "I'm always driving by here and wondered what it looked like inside. It's beautiful. My uncle did some of the woodwork here, so it's kind of fun to see that, too."
Goodenow purchased the house, which was built from 1896-98 for the William and Ethel Gieseke, in 1990.
"It's gorgeous," said Cindy Sabinske, of Ghent, who was with her daughter-in-law Helena Sabinske. "I love doing these Christmas house tours. This is fantastic."
Goodenow's home has a lot of history. After William Gieseke, who was the president of Marshall Milling Company, sold the house, it was opened as the Cowin Hospital in 1938.
In 1940, Dr. Yaeger renamed it to Anna Maria Memorial Hospital. From 1951-58, the structure was used as a boarding house.
"I loved the attic," Chris McChesney said. "The tour was a lot of fun."
During the years, Goodenow has continued to restore the house back to its original state. This year marked the first time visitors had the luxury of seeing the third-floor finished. For most, the trip up the stairs was worth it.
"It was fun to see people's faces when they came up the stairs," event volunteer Jon Nelson said. "It was like 'wow.'"
Even young volunteers welcomed the experience.
"It's really cool, and old," Dillon Loft, 9, said.
Loft said he recognized the Lincoln Logs, but for his younger sister Regan, 6, every antique toy was new.
"I haven't seen any of these toys before," Regan Loft said.
For the holidays, Goodenow also had plenty of festive decorations.
"I liked the old-fashioned stuff and the village houses," Amy Rubin said.
The homes of Curt and Beverly Kenyon, Tom and Bonnie Grimes and Dave and Fran Lukkarinen were also on display for the more than 200 people who took part in the tour.