Club Holiday Home Tour
to feature secluded home and church
can tour the decorative
4,500-square-foot Carlisle home this season
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2011) When Linda
and Lewis Carlisle built their home in Crestwood nine years ago, the
couple had no idea it would some day be featured in a local home tour.
Their secluded 4,500-square-foot home will soon be decorated for the
holidays and on display for all to see.
We do a lot of entertaining all year round, said Linda Carlisle.
Were very social.
But for all the parties they give, their home is pretty far off
the beaten path, she said. The landscape was wild before
we cleared it and moved in.
Harrods Creek Baptist Church
was built in 1822 and is on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The Carlisles own 110 acres, known as Highgrove
Farm, which is a combination of several different tracts of land they
have purchased. Their home sits on 60 acres, with the remaining property
offered for sale in one- to three-acre tracts.
The couple contracted their home through Oldham County builder Tim Menard,
whom Carlisle said did a great job. La Grange architect
Bill Lammlein assisted the Carlisles with drawing up plans for their
home, while the interior was designed with the aid of interior designer
Donna Outlaw of The Dwelling Co.
The Carlisles home was featured as the House of the Week in the
Louisville Courier Journal nearly two years ago. One eye-catching aspect
is a steeplechase mural painted by local artist Sandy Kimura. It is
located in the foyer. Kimuras artistic talents have been showcased
many times in the Bellarmine Womens Councils Designer Show
House in Louisville.
Carlisle said that her husband, originally from Georgia, rode steeplechase
as did his father. Lewis is an investment banker, while Linda is a psychologist.
Carlisle is in the midst of decorating her home for the holidays for
inclusion in the 2011 Crestwood Civic Club Holiday Home Tour and Luncheon
to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Luncheon seating
times are 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Crestwood Civic Clubhouse on
Kavanaugh Drive. Her main decorating theme will be Santas and reindeer,
with accents in deep red, said Carlisle, originally from Delaware.
The Santas and reindeer are a collection pieced together by Carlisles
mother-in-law from all over the world, she said. Carlisle
will have every room in her home decorated for the holidays as she likes
to get into the spirit of things. This includes her Percheron
horse named Drago, which you cant miss!
A second home on the tour is that of Phyllis and Bill Hinton in Prospect.
Having resided in Oldham County for the last 45 years, they chose to
build a home in 2004 that overlooked the Ohio River. This home has a
true country estate atmosphere, and will be even grander during the
holidays, decked with festive seasonal décor.
The final stop on the tour is the Harrods Creek Baptist Church in Brownsboro.
The stone church was built in 1822 and is on the National Register of
The church was featured as a part of the 1990 Holiday Home Tour,
said Crestwood Civic Club member Rita Turner.
It showcased the history behind the settlement and development
of Oldham County and the surrounding community of Brownsboro.
A very instrumental young preacher, William Kellar, assisted Baptists
in the area to formally organize as the Harrods Creek Baptists in 1797.
Upon his death in 1817, Kellar was preceded by Benjamin Allen, who had
been apprenticed to Kellar at 12 years of age. Allen oversaw construction
of the church, which is still available for weddings and special occasions.
Carlisle home, which sits on
Highgrove Farm, continues to be a
festive place for the seasons parties.
Debbie Bergman, Julie Mudd and other Crestwood Civic Club
volunteers will decorate the church for the tour. The church in
itself showcases both simplicity and beauty and provides its visitors
a view to times past and insight as to how Oldham County and its small
communities were formed and settled before the Industrial Age and expanded
community development, said Turner.
Hand hewn poplar beams make up the floor and the trusses. The rear of
the church held a slave gallery and there were 79 slaves accounted for
at the time of the Civil War.
Anyone who visits the church on the tour will find that the church
will serve as a highlight from the estates featured on the tour and
will provide beauty and solace to those who visit it, she said.
The church was restored in 1981 to its original condition.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Crestwood Civic Clubs scholarship
program, as well as funds and services for religious, educational and
outreach programs throughout the county. Organizations that have benefited
include the American Red Cross, South Oldham Interfaith Church, Apple
Patch, and the Oldham County Animal Shelter. The holiday home tour is
the clubs major fundraiser for these programs.
Tickets for the Crestwood Civic Club Holiday
Home Tour and Luncheon are $17. Ticket prices for the tour only are
$12. To make reservations, contact Anne Murner at (502) 292-2701.
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