1810 house open for tours


By Wayne Allen

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Volunteers with the Scioto County Historical Society have opened the 1810 House for tours, and has placed an emphasis on donations from residents of Hill View Retirement Center.

This home of Mary Clingman and Aaron Kinney showcases many items dating before 1946. Isabel Kinney who is now deceased, was the last person to live at the home. The homestead was occupied by three generations of Kinneys. The house stood amidst more than 700 acres of forest, farmland and ponds. Aaron Kinney operated a tannery with 12 children.

Dorothy Justus, a volunteer at the 1810 House said each year the organization emphasizes different things related to the house. This season gifts from Hill View Residents are being emphasized.

“This year our showcase corner is featuring the gifts that folks from Hill View Retirement Center have given the past two years,” Justus said.

She said gifts include a 1920’s dresser, an Indian relic and an 1800’s odd chair that was purchased from the Hill View Vintage Store from Don Baker.

Dr. Richard Brunner donated a 1920’s dining room chair along with a 1920’s kitchen chair. Betty Covert donated a 1900’s program from the Portsmouth Opera House and a baby dress that had been her great grandmothers.

Eloise Egbert donated a wire baby stocking stretcher, a 1920’s cloths hanger, 1925 fuse pliers, 44 1911-12 post cards with one cent stamps, a railroad message loop along with a number of other items.

Ann Hossman donated a dress she wore to school on her very first day. Pat and John Reinhardt donated a hall chair.

Justus said Bob Miller and Attorney Howard Harcha II also donated time to the organization.

The house plays important role in the history of Scioto County, Justus said.

“How many people drive up and down Kinneys Lane and don’t know that it was the lane to the Kinney house? The oldest Kinney boy married Portsmouth’s first doctor, Dr. Waller. The street that runs in front of the 1810 House is Waller Street,” Justus said.

The 1810 House is open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling the Scioto County Welcome Center at 740-353-1116. For more information visit www.1810house.org.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

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