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Yuletide-themed bargains will help restore vintage farmhouse in Roswell
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
July 17, 2013 10:53 AM | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heat and humidity may be the order of the day right now, but on July 27, the interior of the old Hembree farmhouse in Roswell will be decked out for a winter holiday.

Roswell Historical Society’s annual Christmas in July sale will feature a plethora of new and gently used Yuletide items priced at half or less than half of their value when new.

“Some are hand made, one of a kind,” said Sherron Lawson, who is co-chairing the event with Jennifer Todd. “For example, there is a set of 12 Days of Christmas tree ornaments, beaded and sequined and just beautiful, but they are missing one of the set.”

There will be yard art like lighted reindeer and sleds, strings of lights, Santa Clauses, country-style Christmas art objects, holiday cookie tins, music boxes and a few Nativity sets.

“And there are a couple of vintage Coca Cola Santas, one in the original box,” Lawson said.

Prices were determined by internet research, with close attention to going rates for vintage and collectible items, she said.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the refurbishment and upkeep of the circa 1835 farm house that was home to one of Roswell’s pioneering families. After eight generations of Hembree family ownership, the house, a detached kitchen, two corn cribs and a parcel of land from the multi-acre farm was donated to the historical society.

The structures were moved to the donated land from their original location on the farm and the society began its restoration efforts.

The process is expensive, but the society members are dedicated. “Over time the Hembree Farm committee has raised around $20,000,” Lawson said.

Progress has been made since last year’s Christmas in July, said committee member Connie Huddleston.

“First, we are in the process of getting a new driveway, graveled and leveled,” she said. “Next, we are getting a new roof in August. We just had the house leveled to correct some settling and are getting the roof replaced right after the Christmas in July event.

“But the most exciting news is we now have a three to five year Strategic Plan. So we are now ready to apply for the larger grants that will help us to reach our goal of opening a community study center that will also provide meeting space for various groups.

“We also plan to have exhibit space for historical exhibits as well as art, crafts and more.”

Returning the house to its period condition means removing a bathroom that was added on in the early 20th century, Lawson said. “It’s non-functional right now anyway.”

So high on the project list will be building a separate restroom facility on the grounds.

The Christmas in July sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the farmhouse, 775 Hembree Road.

For more information, visit www.roswellhistorical society.org.
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