Historic home tour a glimpse at the past, help for the future

Raising money to fund USU scholarships in history and pay for bus transportation for elementary schools is the goal of the Cache Valley Historic Home Tour, Saturday September 10 in Logan, Richmond and Lewiston. The Cache Valley Historical Society and the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau sponsor the event. Home tours will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two homes in Logan’s Center Street Historic District are featured on the tour. A home owned by Gene and Christie Needham has 24 rooms and was built by David Eccles for his wife Ellen Stoddard Eccles. “It is the largest home on Center Street,” said Julie Hollist of the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau. “It has 11,000 square feet of living space, it is very impressive.” The other is the home of Joseph and Jenilyn Needham and was once owned by Guy Cardon, co-founder of the Bluebird Restaurant. “In Richmond we’re featuring an historic farmstead that has been turned into Rockhill Creamery. People can see how their cheese is made by hand and sold out of the historic granary.” The other stop in Richmond is a Midwest Victorian home that was once condemned. The owners have spent 20 years restoring it. Also, especially for this occasion, the Pioneer Relic Hall and Relief Society Building will be open and a $5 barbeque lunch will be available. In Lewiston the tour includes a Craftsman Bungalow house known for its fine details and workmanship plus another home, one, which was once gutted and nearly destroyed, an Italianate style home. Tickets, $10 each, are available at the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau at 199 North Main in Logan, at Lee’s Marketplace locations in Logan and Smithfield and at Macey’s Food and Drug in Providence. In addition to funding history scholarships at Utah State University proceeds from the tour will help pay for bus transportation for elementary school students to visit the American West Heritage Center.

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