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Civic Club Holiday Home Tour

Crestwood Civic Club tour
to feature four homes

Willard’s 1925 home in Anchorage
has a prestigious past

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2016) – Julie Willard loves decorating for the holidays, and it shows in her home. While everyone else is just starting to think of how to decorate, Willard will already have created a showstopper in her neighborhood.
She lives in a 1 1/2-story frame house built in 1925 by Leving Young in Anchorage, Ky. When she moved into the home a year ago, she knew it was the right move.
“I wanted to get closer to family,” she said of buying the home that sits on 41/2 acres.
The house was owned in the 1950s by state Sen. and Mrs. Seldon Glenn and added onto in 1953.

Crestwood Civic Club
Holiday Home Tour


• 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, with lunch at 11 a.m. and
12:30 p.m.
•  Headquarters: Kavanaugh Center Clubhouse, 7215 Kavanaugh Rd.
•  Tickets: $25
•  Information: (502) 265-0376

Homes on the Tour

•  Jana Brizendine (Bemersyde - historical home in Pewee Valley)
•  Sid and Betsy Price (contemporary home in Pewee Valley)
•  Julie Willard (historical home circa early 1900s in Anchorage)
•  Trevor and Cindy Taylor (farmhouse built in the early 1900s in the Crestwood area)
• Note: Tour guests will receive a brochure listing the exact addresses of each site on tour.

Part of the house’s charm for her is that she remembers being there as a child. “I had a girl friend who lived there at one time.” Willard would visit her friend and years later, when it came up for sale, she jumped at the chance to purchase it.
Willard’s home is just one of four on this year’s Crestwood Civic Club’s Annual Holiday Home Tour. Held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, the tour also contains two luncheon times, 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. at the Crestwood Civic Club’s Clubhouse located at 7215 Kavanaugh Rd.
“Each of the homes this year are distinctive,” said Rita Turner, a member of the Crestwood Civic Club. Each home has a history to share as visitor’s tour through them and enjoy the sights of the season.
“Very festive,” is the way Willard described her home’s appearance for the holidays. “It will be well-decorated for the holidays and each room will have a bit of Christmas in it.”
Willard said she likes to give her home a natural look, decorating with “magnolia leaves, pine, holly and ribbon.” Because it is an older home, she thinks the more natural décor is appropriate.
The exterior of the home will also reflect the holiday season. A 1955 red MG will be sitting by the house, she said.
Originally from Jefferson County, Ky., Willard has been a member of the Crestwood Civic Club since 1985. “I was new to the community and wanted to meet people, and that was a good way to do so.”

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Julie Willard’s home in Anchorage, Ky., was built in 1925 by Leving Young and was once owned by state Sen. Seldon Glenn.

Trevor and Cindy Taylor’s home also is on the tour. Their two-story farmhouse was originally built in 1902 on a 168-acre cattle farm and has an interesting history. During the Great Depression, the farm was repossessed by the bank. 
Purchased in 1935 by Orville Hargis, the farm continued to be used as a cattle farm. But Hargis was trying to cover up the fact that he was a bootlegger. In 1937, he built a three-story stone barn to house his still.
Referred to as an “almost perfect set-up” by federal agents after a 1951 raid, it was located just 200 yards from the house. Beneath the barn is a limestone-water spring from which water was piped directly to the 300-gallon still above. After the mash was cooked, it was piped to a feeding trough in another barn where Hargis’ cattle fed on it. 
While Hargis served time in prison for bootlegging, the farm was deeded to his wife and oldest son. They maintained the farm until Hargis was released, and the family lived there until he was killed in a tractor accident.
In 2009, the Taylors purchased the farm. Cindy convinced her husband to “fix up” the small farmhouse to use as a temporary weekend home. It was during that time that the Taylors and their four young children fell in love with the peaceful and secluded atmosphere.
In 2011, the couple began a major 4,500-square-foot addition and remodel to the original 1,600-square-foot farmhouse. They worked very hard to combine the addition to look as though it were original to the home. 
The third home on the tour is on the National Historic Register and known as “Bemersyde.” Purchased in 2005 by Jana Brizendine, it was originally built as a gift for the Rev. Peyton Hoge, who officiated at billionaire Henry Flagler’s second nuptials.
Bemersyde (which translates “by the sea”) is an amazing 19-room, circa 1900 home, significant for its Colonial Revival influence. The name came from an historic home located in St. Boswell Berwickshire in Scottish Borders, which was a generational Hoge home.
Situated on three acres of lush landscaping in Pewee Valley, the home features six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and nine fireplaces, cradled by a columned 1,200-square-foot porch with original copper roof. It is truly magnificent when decorated for the holidays.
The original owner, Hoge, served as pastor of Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church from 1907-1929. He is fondly remembered by the residents of the area for his ministry and devotion to the community.
The last home on the tour belongs to Sid and Betsy Price. It is a two-story contemporary style home built in 1984 by Ken James in the then newly developed Mt. Mercy Place, next to the stone chapel of Saint Aloysius Catholic Church in Pewee Valley. The eight home sites in Mt. Mercy Place were developed on land purchased from the Catholic Diocese as the former site of the Mt. Mercy Camp and Boarding School for young women.
The home contains 3,500 square feet of finished space above ground, along with another 1,200 square feet of finished space below ground. The main level contains a grand entry foyer that highlights beautiful art deco glass work.

In the entry foyer, visitors will find a small-scale model Appalachian Spring Wagon that was hand-built by Sid and which Betsy enjoys filling with seasonal decorations. The great room contains a massive stone fireplace, flanked by two stained glass windows and an iron gate. This decor reflects both the history of the home site and provides a charming view of the St. Aloysius Chapel, reminiscent of an English garden.

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