log home auction will
give new owner a piece of history
Hitt family built the home
around 1785 it is believed
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (November 2005) A piece of
Oldham County history has recently gone on the market. Walter OBradovich
is selling his home of the past 17 years, and along with it a glimpse
into Oldham Countys past.
200-year-old home in La Grange
will go to auction on Nov. 5.
His log cabin home located at 2808 W. Hwy. 42 went on
the market in mid-August. It was scheduled for a Sept. 10 auction, but
the auction was cancelled because of an unresolved title issue. The
auction has been re-scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 5 by Best Bid Auctions,
Tom Cox auctioneer.
The center cabin of the 2,600-square-foot home was built on site around
1785 to 1800. The year 1785 is supposedly carved into one
of the interior logs, said Cox.
In the early 1960s, the Slocum family purchased the home. It was jacked
up and a permanent rock and mortar foundation laid underneath, said
The original structure contained two upstairs and two downstairs rooms.
The upper story was constructed of heavier lumber, which was thought
to repel musket fire during the late 1790s, said Cox. It currently contains
two bedrooms and a bath that were added when Josie Talbott lived there.
Talbott lived in the home from 1972 until 1988. She said, My ex-husband
fell in love with it. We wanted to raise our kids in the country.
Three wings were later added to the center cabin. These additions were
log cabins that had been moved from other sites in the county. The home
has the modern conveniences of central heating, plumbing and electricity.
The downstairs portion contains a bedroom, bathroom, two stone fireplaces,
an entrance room and a huge library. The log walls are visible from
the interior of the home also, said Bob Kennedy, who has the home listed
with RE/MAX Properties East.
The home rests on 8.92 acres but was originally part of a larger 355-acre
tract granted to Joel Hitt. Hitt erected the home that he, his wife,
Elizabeth, and their children lived in for many years. In the 1820s,
the Hitt family tried to donate 50 acres for the county to build a courthouse
on, said Kennedy.
But records are sparse about the homes history, according to Oldham
County History Centers executive director Nancy Theiss. The Coons
and McKenzie family members are buried in a nearby cemetery. It
is in the proximity of Russells Corner, also called Lynchburg,
The home is worthy of preservation, although it would be difficult to
establish the home as a vital landmark without proper documentation.
Well-documented residences and functional buildings, such as the Rob
Morris home, Duncan Memorial Chapel, older county cemeteries, several
restored homes in La Grange and Crestwood and courthouses in Westport
and La Grange, have been proven vital landmarks, said Theiss.
Other places close in age would be Harrods Creek Baptist Church
in Brownsboro and some of the older farm homes that have been remodeled
such as the Wilson-Brown Home and Hermitage Farm, said Theiss. One worthy
former occupant was Louisville Mayor Charles P. Farnsley who bought
the home in 1964 and lived there until the 1970s.
Farnsley sold the home to Talbott, who said, There is definitely
not that many original log homes around. She heated the house
with a pot bellied stove and coal before a furnace was put in and remembers
a deep well that was used before city water was installed.
We added the fireplace in the living room, said Talbott.
Talbott was lying in bed one evening when her daughter came into the
room and said, Mother. You have to get up.
Talbott got up to find a five-foot-long snake on a log by the fireplace,
which was not finished at the time. She called for her neighbors
son to come over and kill it before realizing he was more scared of
the snake than she was.
Talbott and her ex-husband did some remodeling work on the home, which
is hidden from view behind trees and undergrowth. They added a pond
for their children to fish in, and she remembers an old smokehouse and
an underground spring not far from the barn.
OBradovich said he has recently put a new roof on the home. When
he purchased the home, one of the additional cabins was not finished
and he transformed it into a kitchen.
It needed a lot of work done, said OBradovich. His
late brother Phillip also lived in the home with him and re-chinked
between the logs of the home and handcrafted many of the furnishings.
At 70 years old, OBradovich decided the home was too much upkeep
for one person. If he didnt have to leave, he wouldnt. Its
too much for one person to take care of, said OBradovich,
who will be moving back to his native Pennsylvania.
The home is excellent for its age, said Cox. Approximately
120 bidding parties toured the home during an open house. There will
not be any more open houses or auctions, but RE/MAX is entertaining
offers at this time.
Listed at $425,000, it is a unique find and one that you dont
come across everyday, said Kennedy.
For information about the home, call Tom Cox,
auctioneer, at (502) 222-5212 or Patti Evans, Realtor, at (502) 550-7773.
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