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Lloyd House museum to be shown off on Dec. 11

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By Alex Wimsatt

MOUNT WASHINGTON - After spending more than a year renovating the historic Lloyd House on Old Bardstown Road, the Mount Washington Historical Society will enjoy the fruits of their labor during a much anticipated open house this weekend.


Everyone's invited to see the refurbished nineteenth century home and museum in its holiday splendor during the historical society's Old Tyme Christmas Open House on Sunday.

"I'm very pleased we finally have the chance to show off this important piece of Mount Washington's history," said historical society president Greg Hilbert. "A treasure like this needs to be shared and taken care of or nobody will remember it."

Built in the late nineteenth century, the Lloyd House is one of only two buildings in Mount Washington listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Lloyd House is named for James Lloyd, a carpenter who purchased the property and built the original four-room, two-story Italianate home around 1880.

According to family accounts, the home was a happy place; a place where families were always home for the holidays.

"For some people this will be a homecoming, no doubt," Hilbert said.

The Lloyd House remained in the Lloyd family until 1989 when it was donated to the historical society by Kenneth Lutes in memory of his wife, Anita Ann Dooley Lutes, a descendant of James Lloyd.

After the historical society took ownership of the house it was turned into a museum chronicling Mount Washington's rich history, but over time the structure fell into such disrepair it was closed to the public.
Thanks to contributions from local businesses, individuals and organizations, historical society members and volunteers were able to begin restoring the house last year.

In the spring of 2010 the historical society assessed the home's condition and made a list of priorities for the renovation project with help from Melissa Thompson, an architectural and historic preservationist.

The entire HVAC system was replaced free of charge by local heating and air company KLM Mechanical Services.

From landscaping to gutters to siding, the outside of the home was cleaned and repaired before a fresh coat of paint was applied to the entire exterior.

While the outside received some much needed TLC, the interior underwent extensive cleaning and the dining room was renovated from top to bottom, as were the bathroom and kitchen, though they're still works in progress.

Mount Washington Main Street program manager and historical society member Dale Salmon, who has been involved with the renovation for more than a year, said the Lloyd House is vital to preserving Mount Washington's past, which is a top priority of the Main Street initiative.

"The revitalization of our downtown is critical...The mission of the historical society goes hand in hand with what were doing in the Main Street program," he said.

"Coming together we've managed to start getting our history in the back of peoples' minds."

Salmon and Hilbert wished to recognize four young ladies whose efforts were instrumental during the restoration: Madison Spencer, Sydney LaRue, Shelby Wellman and Shelby Hester of Mount Washington Girl Scout Troop 1297.

Together they volunteered countless community service hours working on the house for their Girl Scout Silver Awards. 

"They've been an absolute asset," Hilbert said. "I wouldn't want to show the house without all the work they put into it."

Hilbert also wished to thank the many who contributed to the restoration effort.

"Without their hard work, dedication and talents the Lloyd House would not be what it is today," Hilbert said.

There is still much work left to be done before the house is restored to its former glory, but as Hilbert said, the efforts that led to Sunday's open house are a great start.

The Lloyd House will be all decked out for the Christmas open house with the help of designers from Amanda's Creations Florist and the Mount Washington Florist, which are donating holiday decor.

The Mount Washington Historical Society's Old Tyme Christmas Open House promises something for everyone with stories of days gone by, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes.

The free event will be held Sunday from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Lloyd House Museum, 103 S. Bardstown Road.

Parking will be available next door at the Peoples Bank of Bullitt County.