The public is cordially invited to take part in a Christmas Tour of Homes beginning at the Auburn Museum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. The event is being sponsored by the Auburn Historical Society. Those who attend the tour will get to visit the museum’s village which boasts a chapel, barn, cabin, jail, and school house. The museum is full of local memorabilia and historical artifacts.
Along with the museum, tour participants will be taken to the historic McCutchen Meadows, home of Ben and Katina Kemplin; the home of Tommy and Emily Hayes, and the home of Freddy and Sue Jordan.
Tickets for the entire tour can be purchased at the Auburn Museum before or upon arrival. They are $10 for the entire tour. All proceeds will benefit the historical society.
McCutchen Meadows was part of a land grant in 1796, for service in the Revolutionary War by John McCutchen, and was settled by John’s widow, Elizabeth McCutchen. The plantation when first settled was 700 acres. The current house was constructed between 1810-1825 by Elizabeth’s youngest son, William McCutchen. The home is Greek Revival in style and was constructed of brick fired on the property, most likely with slave labor.
During the war of northern aggression “Civil War,” the house was visited by both the Confederate and Union Army. The McCutchen family sent one son off to serve in the war with the Confederate Army, and he sadly died of a disease.
Following the war, the McCutchen family was able to hold on to their property.
In the 1890’s, Carrie McCutchen, granddaughter of William the builder, married Guthrie Coke thus beginning the Coke ownership of the home. It was while Carrie and Guthrie owned the house in 1924 the major restoration was done and the kitchen and bathrooms were moved into the house.
McCutchen Meadows remained in the same family for 186 years, having not been sold until 1980. The home has been lovingly restored and is furnished with many antiques of the Antebellum period, including an 1835 Chickering Rosewood Grand Piano.
During your tour of the property, you will be met with tour guides dressed in Antebellum attire, who will share history of the home and the McCutchen-Coke family.
McCutchen Meadows is located on Hwy. 68-80. If you are heading towards Bowling Green, it is just past the last Auburn exit on your right. If you are traveling from Bowling Green, it is located just past the Champion Petfoods plant on the left. A historic marker is placed by the entrance. The Kemplin address is 12345 Bowling Green Road, Auburn, Ky. 42206.
The Hayes Home
Tommy and Emily Hayes moved in their home in August 2002 and they spent a year having it built. The house is located on the family farm bought from Emily’s mother. The home features a formal living and dining area, with a large den and kitchen. There are three bedrooms, one downstairs and two upstairs. A bonus room has been converted into a fourth bedroom. There are three bathrooms, one upstairs and two downstairs. One of the special features of the house includes a sun room running across the back of the house, for which is a special place for Emily and the grandchildren. A fireplace, located in the den area, makes the living area inviting and comfortable.
The Hayes’ have an appreciation for antiques and have pieces that have been handed down through the family, along with other places they have purchased them over the years. The modern home is a center for family gatherings and hosting friends.
If you are coming from Russellville on 68-80, turn right onto the Montgomery Road Exit beside Southern Outdoor Furniture. Then make a right turn onto the old 68-80, and turn again left directly onto Montgomery Road. Travel approximately one mile and the home will be on your right back a tree lined driveway. The Hayes address is 729 Montgomery Road, Auburn, Ky. 42206.
The Jordan Home
The home of Freddy and Sue Jordan was originally owned by A.C. Bailey and was built in 1926. The Jordans’ received the house when Mr. Bailey passed on in 1988. They started remodeling the home in 1989 and finished in 1990. The Jordans’ decided to move the old Johnstown School House and make it part of their home. They finished work on that project in 2007.
Johnstown Schoolhouse was named for all the boys that were named “John” in 1836 when this school was formed. It stayed open until 1937. It was a one-room school that served the Auburn and Northwest Simpson county areas.
From Auburn take Hwy. 103 south for four miles. The Jordan house is just past Hughes Road on the right. The Jordan address is 5359 Middleton Road, Auburn, Ky. 42206.
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