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March 26, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Independence, IA 50644
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OBOI: Tour of Historic Homes

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Self-guided “Tour of Historic Homes.”

What is the Tour of Historic Homes?
The library is collaborating with the Buchanan County Historical Society for this opportunity.  Tour five beautiful private homes and the Lee Mansion in Independence as part of the One Book One Independence (OBOI) programming. Find information about the homes and the required event registration below.

The OBOI 2017 book selection
Arrowood, by Laura McHugh, is set in one of the grand historical homes that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa.

What homes are on the tour?
The Lee Mansion - Italianate Style home built in 1867 for the first Mayor of Independence, Captain D.S. Lee and his wife, Fannie. This home is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is under major restoration by the Buchanan County Historical Society.

A Queen Anne Victorian built in 1896 for the family of O.M. Gillett, attorney and banker.  Now owned by Mark and Laura Blaker.  

A Queen Anne Victorian, Eastlake style, built in 1887-8 for R.R. Plane.  Plane was a merchant in downtown Independence.  Now owned by Audrey Conklin and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

A Painted Lady Victorian built in 1882 for Hannibal Burlingham.  Myrle and Kaye Dietzenbach now own the home that was built for a merchant who had ties to the timber business.

A Gothic Revival style home built for Dilazon Holdridge, attorney and mayor of Independence for three terms.  Daryl and Mary Kay Johnson are the owners.

An Italianate Style Home built for Thomas Edwards, a merchant and bank organizer, in 1889. Clark and Pat Willoughby own the home currently.  

How can I register for the event?
Registration is required for the tour. To reserve your spot, contact the library at 319-334-2470, email, or stop in.

Between March 19-26, you can pick up your "Passport" to Historic Independence at the library, or you can get it on March 26, the day of the tour, at the library. Hang on to your passport and bring it to each home as your ticket to enter. 

Is there an admission charge?
Admission is free, just remember to register and pick up your passport.  Free will donations are encouraged, and there will be an opportunity to donate at each home. Funds raised will be split 50/50 between the library and the Historical Society and will go towards OBOI 2018 and the Lee Mansion, respectively.