Before Christmas Tour of Homes
1830s duplex among stops
on holiday tour of homes
spent many years restoring property
(November 2007) In 1998, Pam and Charlie Scroggins
acquired a historic duplex on St. Michaels Street in Madison, Ind.,
and spent years restoring it to its original splendor. Thanks to state
and federal grants, the duplex, located at 121 and 123 St. Michaels
St., has been beautifully refurbished and kept within strict historic
by Konnie McCollum
Scroggins said she has been on
the Nights Before Christmas Tour many
times and is excited about her
home being included.
The public will get a chance to view the masterfully redone
duplex during the 26th annual Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour
of Homes, sponsored by the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The tour, featuring four public historic homes and five private dwellings
bedecked in holiday finery, will be held during the weekends of Nov.
23-25 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
The four public sites throughout historic downtown Madison include the
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, the Sullivan House, the Masonic
Schofield House and the Jefferson County Historical Societys Heritage
Center. Most of the tour sites are located in Madisons National
Historic Landmark District, the largest collection of 19th-century dwellings
Tickets for the tour are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15.
Advance adult tickets purchased prior to Nov. 9 are $12.50. In addition
to the CVB, the tour is sponsored by Lanier Mansion State Historic Site,
the Jefferson County Historical Society, Historic Madison Inc. and the
Masonic Schofield House.
Marci Jones, the CVBs event coordinator, said the tour is extremely
popular. About 3,000 people participated in last years tour.
Each year we choose different private homes and different restaurants
for the tour, so visitors enjoy coming back year after year, she
Pam Scroggins said when she was growing up in Madison, she always went
on tours of the historic sites. Ive been on the Nights Before
Christmas tour many times, so it just seemed so right to put our home
on the tour when we finished it. When we got the grants for the restoration,
we knew we would like to participate in the tour.
Her duplex will be the first of its kind on the tour; normally the private
sites are single-family dwellings.
The Eblen Home, Rick and Sherry Eblen. 411 W. First
The Ford Home, Josh and Barb Ford. 1231 Hatteras Way (Rivercrest
The Garber Courtney Home, Bob and Tammy Courtney.
733 W. Main St.
The Scroggins Home, Charlie and Pam Scroggins. 121 St.
The Flanigan Estate, Doni and Terry Flanigan. 1120
The First Baptist Church, 416 Vine St.
The Seifert-Short Doll Museum and Learning Center, 301
S. Broadway (Hospitality Site)
Madison Mercantile, 220 W. Main St. (Hospitality Site)
Lanier State Historic Site, 511 W. First St.
Lanier-Schofield House, 217 W. Second St.
Judge Jeremiah Sullivan House, 304 W. Second St.
Jefferson County Historical Society, 615 W. First
The two sides of the building have housed many families
throughout its long history. Built in the 1830s, the structure originally
had three rooms on each side, including a kitchen, a sitting room and
a bedroom, which were heated by large fireplaces. Bathroom facilities
were added much later on.
The Scroggins acquired the building from Pams aunt Jeannette Warren,
a spinster who lived on St. Michaels Street her entire life. She
purchased the building in 1964; it was just up the street from where
she had been living. Apparently, prior to the building of the Markland
Dam, houses along St. Michaels Street flooded each year when the Ohio
River rose. Warren got tired of dealing with that, so she moved just
beyond where the waters usually rose.
I remember the flooding when I was a kid living on St. Michaels
Street, said Pam. It was something we just dealt with and
never thought much about.
When Warren passed, the property became the Scroggins, who wanted to
restore the building as close to its original state as they could. We
didnt really have a clue what we were doing, she said. The
preservation experts and our neighbor, Jim McConchie, were invaluable
The poplar hardwood floors throughout the building are original, as
are the walls, windows, doors and woodwork. We spent quite a bit
of time scraping and peeling linoleum and paint off of the floors,
Scroggins recalled. Someone had previously painted the floor orange
along the edges where the linoleum ended, and that was tough to get
up. Most of the physical work was done by the couple, with their
children and a cousin, Bill Scroggins, helping out.
In addition to the restorations, the Scroggins opened the attic across
the building to add two bedrooms, which are only accessible on their
side. Originally, the attic could only be accessed from the outside
of the structure. However, they found a staircase from a nearby historic
home and installed it on the inside of their home for interior access
to the upstairs. Oh, we were thrilled when we found that staircase,
Scroggins said. It was black when they first found it, but after careful
refinishing, they discovered the stairs were actually made of gorgeous
Tour visitors will enjoy the tasteful décor and the antique treasures
and historic family photographs in the Scroggins side of the duplex.
They will wind their way through to the other side of the duplex where
they will see marks left above the mantle to designate where the floodwaters
of the tragic 1937 Ohio River flood reached. Small marks were placed
to show how long it took for the water to totally recede.
In conjunction with the Candlelight Tour of Homes, a progressive dinner,
Nights & Nibbles will be held. During the dinner, guests will visit
several dining facilities and enjoy a course in a meal. For example,
wine and cheese will be served at one establishment, while visitors
will enjoy soup at the next place.
The cost of Nights & Nibbles is $50 per person, which includes a
several-course dinner, transportation, a Candlelight Tour ticket and
For more information, call (812) 265-2956 or
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