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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Dec 21

Xenia's Holiday Home Tour Part II

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM by Elise Kelly

Last week we discussed and showcased three homes that were featured during Xenia’s Holiday Home Tour. Today we will finish with the last two homes on the tour.

Farther down North King Street, we (current and former Archives staff) stopped at this stately 1916 American Colonial Style home.
                                                    594 N. King Street

Newlyweds Charles (also noted as Chalmers) Murphy and Catharine (also notated as Kathryn) Kelly moved into the home in 1917. The home was a wedding gift from the bride’s parents. Charles (or Chalmers) Murphy was the manager at the Greene County Lumber Company. The Company was on North Detroit Street, only one block away from the Murphy’s home.

The interior included spacious rooms, an immense, window-framed bathroom and a renovated attic.

After receiving the grand tour, we headed to the 600 block of North King Street and stopped inside this 1873 Italianate home.
                                               608 N. King Street

The first known residents of this home were Franklin and Mary Smith. In 1895, Andrew Hite purchased the property. The current owners, Charles and Patty Dickison, immaculately decorated the home for the holidays. Charming Christmas trees overflowing with holiday decorations brighten each room.


Like several of the homes we visited, this North King Street house was adorned with elaborate, Victorian wallpaper and antiques.

The home also had two kitchens. We presumed that one of the kitchens was/is used for prepping/ food storage; while the other kitchen served/serves as the cooking area.

It was a delightful experience to tour some of Xenia’s fine, historical homes. I highly recommend partaking in the tour next year. Furthermore, what is also wonderful about this event, is that all of the proceeds go to the Greene County Historical Society.

With two days before Christmas, we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question:
What is the oldest surviving example of Italianate architecture in the United States?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Name another house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places located on North King Street. - Answer: The Millen-Schmidt House - 184 N. King Street.


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