They don’t feel stifled living here; they have made some changes but have left most everything intact, modernizing only what was necessary. The feeling we had upon walking into this home was an immense sense of a time passed but not lost. People like the Smoots make our hearts swell as we realize there are other families who care as much as we do about old homes.
These original inlaid floors are some of the most beautiful we have ever seen— a testament to exceptional craftsmanship. The thin outline detail is almost too much to comprehend.
The family library at the Smoot house is filled with volumes from the past and present. There is a palpable sense of history here. The adjustable-arm lamp is great for reading and the Craftsman sofa with leather cushions is classic. Imagine what it must be like to live in a such a place, knowing that your ancestors walked the same floors.
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We were looking for an amazing historic home to do for our television show on HGTV when we came across the Lemmon-Dixon house. It was perfect—despite being in really bad shape, it had amazing original features begging to shine again. We didn’t intend to live here when it was done, but we just couldn’t help ourselves.
This house was called the “big house” by the original owners. The husband was a sheep farmer and the wife was a shop owner and a very independent and self-sufficient woman. She loved this house and passed it on to her niece, Jennie. Jennie lived here the rest of her life and then it was sold to the only other owner besides us.
We treasure this home. We can’t believe that we get to live with original pocket doors, ornate hardware and delicate moldings. We feel very proud that we were able to be the family that preserved and prepared this home for its next hundred years.