Historic Landmarks is seeking a buyer for the Leavitt House, circa 1884, just outside of Vernon. A clean-up of the property is set for Wednesday, May 29. You are invited to grab a broom and participate.—Staff Photo by Barbara King
Indiana Landmarks is hoping to have another historic home preserved here in Jennings County.
Fresh from its success in saving the historic Cone-Schuck home at 305 S. Jennings St., North Vernon, this time the nonprofit is working with the current owner of 230 E. County Road 20 North in Vernon Township. Historic Landmarks has obtained an option to purchase the home from owners Bob and Tina Ellis.
"The home is certainly not in the condition that the Schuck home was in. Structurally, it is in good shape," noted Historic Landmarks' Greg Sekula, director of the organization's southern Indiana regional office.
Landmarks has been "monitoring" the property for some time, added Greg. Now that the Ellis' have decided not to take the project on themselves - they had thought about a bed and breakfast - the home is on the market for $64,500.
Situated on an elevated two-acre lot overlooking the Muscatatuck River on the outskirts of historic Vernon, the Queen Anne-style Robert and Mary Ann Leavitt House was likely built around 1884 by Robert Leavitt, a carpenter. The two-and-a-half-story frame structure offers approximately 3,456 square feet of living space and sits on a partial basement with stone foundation.