PENDLETON — Sometimes, efforts to preserve the past just fall into place. Before former oil distributor Charles Owens died in 2005, he wanted to ensure that a piece of Pendleton history would not be lost. He willed memorabilia from his office and delivery service to the South Madison Community Foundation which assists in charitable causes and community projects. Owens also left the foundation his home.

The home is one of five structures on Sunday’s Pendleton Historic Tour of Homes. Visitors can tour the sites at their leisure from 1 to 5 p.m. Each location has a historical value to the area, said Ann Crow, one of the tour organizers. All have sound, structural integrity.

One of the goals for the tour is to encourage visitors to “see what they can do to save history,” Crow said.

After remodeling Owens’ private home, the foundation now uses the building as a headquarters, said Lisa Floyd, executive director.

“It was gifted to us in an estate ... with the provision we would use it as the foundation’s office and exhibit some of his memorabilia,” she said. Visitors will see a display case with historical items as well as Owens’ desk and business books. But they should take an extra moment to look for a photo of the former Falls Park Swimming Hole, Floyd said.

Walk into the home of Robert and Brenda Fullen and visitors will first see modern appliances and granite counters in the kitchen. But be sure to look up. Visitors taking in the Fullen house as part of the Historic Pendleton Tour of Homes will see a tin ceiling, painted in a warm silver. Robert Fullen found the ceiling in an antique sale.

The house was originally a three-room cottage in 1898. The couple purchased the home five years ago and literally gutted the place and expanded it into a roomy two-story home. The planned to retire in Pendleton.

But now, the couple is deciding to move back to Brenda Fullen’s hometown, New Orleans.

On Sunday, they’ll have hundreds of potential homebuyers walking through.


Visitors to the Historic Pendleton Tour of Homes can walk through five sites from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the tour locations. The sites are:

Home of Robert and Brenda Fullen

The house began as a three room cottage in 1898. the Fullens purchased the property several years ago and have enhanced the original structure by expanding it in a two-story home with attached garage and workshop. From its signature French blue and creamy ivory trim on the exterior to the to the display of antique furniture and “snippets of elegance” arranged by Brenda on the interior, the home is a touring delight. Robert’s craftsmanship is evident in every element of the interior construction. Of special interest is the custom-designed modern kitchen with a vintage tin ceiling painted a metallic silver.

206 Adams St., Pendleton

Carl and Debi Bruggemeier’s Heaven Sent Farm

Guests will appreciate the transformation of this 1886 home as well as the addition of three functional barns, all built on the original foundations of the old barns of the Haines-Chambless farm. Now an operating horse farm, it is also home to the Bruggemeier’s and their three young daughters. The estate offers a unique look into what can be done creatively to provide a complete atmospheric facility with all the amenities. The interior of the home contains a mix of well-chosen furniture and accessories, including a baby grand electric piano. The barns come complete with guest quarters as well as a 5,000-square-foot riding arena and horse stalls.

115 W. Indiana 38, Pendleton

South Madison Community Foundation Headquarters

Originally identified as Lot No. 1 in the first plat of the town of Pendleton around 1820, the house built here is reported to have been the home of Thomas Pendleton and his wife, founders of the town. The house was deeded to the South Madison Community School Foundation in 2005 after the death of recent owner Charlie Owens. The original house of brick construction is home to the foundation’s offices and holds some interesting Pendleton historical items from the collection of Owens. The structure maintains its early configuration and is easily recognizable as its original architectural form.

233 S. Main St., Pendleton

Historic Odd Fellows Building Storefront

Recently the location of Vintage Collection in downtown Pendleton, this part of the building is now owned by Bob and Vicky Post which completes their ownership of the entire building. The store currently houses a collection of antiques including an ornate Italian Art Deco bedroom suite. During the Home Tour, the Posts will open their door to guests where they will find artist Jane Langdon displaying her artwork of local historic spots. They have also invited area resident Don Ifert to display his unique collection of Victorian children’s theater artifacts and props. The interior of this store provides an historic backdrop for the exhibits with its original wood plank floor and the preserved window display area. (106 W. State St., Pendleton)

Ivy House Bed and Breakfast

Built in 1921 by Dr. Jesse Ferrell for his family and to house his medical practice, this Dutch colonial style house has been home to Jim and Linda Nolte and family for 28 years. Now also a bed and breakfast facility, the ivy-covered structure invites guests to come and stay awhile. Guest are usually greeted by the aroma of freshly-baked cookies and an invitation to explore the antique filled home. Recently featured on the Home and Garden Television Network’s “If Walls Could Talk,” this is a house with some well-kept secrets. Visit and hear true stories told by proprietors Jim and Linda Nolte.

304 N. Merrill St., Fortville

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