WEST LIBERTY – The fall Tour of Homes 2017 on Oct. 21 showcased seven area businesses, an Early American style home, and a rental home. The tour started with participants purchasing tickets at the Town Hall then exploring each place on the tour. Tour guides were available as each place to give history and answer questions.
Starting on the south side of town on Sullivan Road was The Country Cottage, a country guest house owned by Amy Yoder. It is perfect for weekend get-a-ways, family vacations, or if you have business in town.
The Opera House above Town Hall was open for viewing. The Historical Society recently removed the chairs and took out the raised floor making it level as it was when first built. Next stairs and an elevator will be put in on either side of the future entrance.
The Historical Society, thanks to funds from a Bailey family member, is also working on getting the Bailey House, one of the oldest in town, repaired and remolded to house a West Liberty history museum.
The Burrey residence, an Early American style home was a wonderful stop on the tour with its charm and old fashioned décor. A small comfy house that Nancy decorated with treasured finds from flea markets.
A recent addition to Quest Community Church South of West Liberty was the next stop. They now have a much larger sanctuary, narthex, sitting area and coffee bar with the old sanctuary being used for the children.
The 508 Escape Route Bed & Breakfast is another wonderful place for visitors to stay in the West Liberty area. It has two single bed rooms as well as a suite for a family. They featured their new commercial kitchen and the home had a warm country feel, as well as a vintage wall map collection.
Ending on the North side of West Liberty was Markin’s Farm and Zipline Adventure. They have more to offer besides the Zipline Adventure and Event Center. They have added The Wedding Barn for wonderful farm weddings with the Event Center available for the wedding reception. Also built by the owners was the new Tiny House now available for rent.
This event was sponsored by the West Liberty Business Association. If you are interested in sharing your home or business on next year’s tour, please contact the association on Facebook.
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.