Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 8, 2012

Home tour a real historical idea

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — This weekend a trip back to Wynnewood's historical past by way of the present is the theme for a tour that also helps out the local school's band.

Set for Sunday, Nov. 11 is the first tour of Wynnewood homes in many years with each stop meant to offer a glance into a rich history of the city.

In all the tour will offer four historical houses built before 1920 and a former bank building constructed back in 1896 that has recently been converted into a residential home.

Adding to the nostalgic tour is the fact all proceeds will go to help the Wynnewood band pay for a trip scheduled this coming spring.

Donna Love knows one of the homes all too well since she lives in one of them. Her daughter-in-law, Melinda Tarkington, is also the school's band director.

The two kind of came together for a fundraising effort that offers an interesting tour while helping out the band.

“The band needed to raise money for a trip this spring,” Love said.

“Instead of doing the same ole, same ole, we decided to do something different,” she said. “One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the band boosters.”

That's where the idea for a home tour came from, which is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday with advance tickets for $8 and tickets at the door $10.

As for the tour, it has history in mind as all of the homes are among the oldest in Wynnewood.

“We picked out some historical homes here in Wynnewood,” Love said.

“They were all built anywhere from 1907 to 1920. Most of them belonged to people who helped found Wynnewood.”

She points out there are different types of homes and decorations along the tour.

One of the homes, owned by Donna and Marshell Love, is the town's historical bank building at 202 S. Dean A. McGee.

“My building is the old bank building in the downtown that was built in 1896,” she said.

Although the structure is newly renovated Love says it gets visitors dropping by all the time because on the outside the kitchen gives it the appearance of being a restaurant.

The building once served as a bank for nearly 70 years before it became the local Masonic Lodge and later was purchased by the Loves in 2003.

One residence, owned by Roger and Jo Musgrove, is at 108 N. Robinson.

The residence used to be four apartments before it was purchased five decades ago.

“It was converted into a single family residence and they raised four boys there.”

Another residence, owned by Mark and Cindy Lewis, is at 107 N. Robinson.

“This was one of the first brick residences in Wynnewood,” Love said, adding it was built in 1917. “One of the tour guides lived there for about 30 years.”

Shelley and Chad Moore own another residence on the tour at 208 E. Robert S. Kerr.

Love says for six months they have lived in the house built in 1907, which is the year Oklahoma became a state.

“A man was on the roof painting when they rang the bell signifying statehood,” Love said. “That's pretty cool.”

Another stop on the tour is a residence at 207 S. Gardner.

“The original family lived there for about 70 years,” she said.

For more information or advance tickets call Love at 405-207-3544 or drop by the Wynnewood Flower Bin shop.