Poland historical society holds holiday tour of homes

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POLAND, Ohio – The Poland Township Historical Society will present its annual Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The society has seven homes on its tour this year, plus the newly opened Poland Public Library.

Madrid home. The home of Merle and Bette Madrid, 303 South Main St., is a century home built in 1880 and filled with a variety of antiques. Originally constructed as a stagecoach stop, this home has been in Mrs. Madrid’s family for generations. The couple enjoys searching for the antique pieces that contribute to the history of their home. There are four fireplaces and hardwood floors throughout.

To accentuate the history and style of the home, Becky Minamyer of Town & Country Florists has decorated the home.

Seifert home. The remodeled and decorated home of Nevin and Diane Seifert, located at 37 Water Street was built in 1919 with a stone and wooden exterior. The parquet wood floors of the entrance lead to a sitting room and spacious dining room, and room features include a granite fireplace, hardwood floors, and original glass knobs on all doors. The Seiferts have decorated their home for the holiday season.

Melidona home. The home of Frank and Madilyn Melidona, located at 3785 Hunters Hill Dr., has been decorated by Tabor Landscaping & Garden Center.

The two-story Italian contemporary home features formal and casual decorating throughout.

Trees have been decorated by Melidona to match the decor of each room. Home features include bay windows, open staircase, marble fireplace and arched windows.

Also featured in the home is a collection of Dickens Village Homes that have been acquired by the Melidona’s throughout the years.

Bay home. Wildflower Cove has decorated the 49 Poland Manor home of Carlyn Bay.

The stone and wood English Tudor cottage home was built in 1929 and sits on one acre of wooded land. Throughout the home are the original zinc windows and a collection of spinning wheels and samplers, all stitched by family members dating as far back as the early 1800’s.

The home also features an 1840s captain’s desk, galley kitchen, antiques and collectibles.

Maloney home. Jene and Rosalie Maloney’s 63 Poland Manor home has been decorated by Inglis Greenhouse and Gift Shop.

The 1915 English Tudor home features hardwood floors and Oriental rugs throughout. Furniture in 18th century style compliments family collections, including two sets of retired china, a set of Gallia crystal, and 17th century artwork.

The kitchen showcases an antique light fixture which has been converted from oil to electric, and the dinette chairs were crafted by Richard Grill, who has also made an exact replica for the Smithsonian.

Kellgren home. Dan and Melissa Kellgren’s 2227 Hamilton Blvd. home has been decorated by A Rose is a Rose Florist.

The remodeled brick Cape Cod, built in 1950, features a Victorian style living room, hardwood floors, and an authentic depression dining room set. The home is also filled with family heirlooms, including dinnerware, a teacup collection, an original map of Poland, and an antique mantle.

Mullins home. Ron and Lois Mullins decorated their home, located at 7820 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, for the tour.

The unique brick that covers their Georgian colonial home was specially made and is one of a kind. The 1987 home captures the authenticity of Southern customs. Pieces in the home include an antique mantle, leaded glass French doors, and handmade wreaths that decorate the chairs and windows. Snowman decorations are also featured throughout the home.

Tour cost. A donation of $10 includes the tour of the seven homes and the Public Library, especially decorated for the Christmas season. Tickets can be purchased at Wittenauer Pharmacy & Gift Shop, 120 South Main St., Poland, or by mailing a self-addressed envelope and check to “Christmas Tour Of Homes,” 4034 Arrel Road, Poland OH 44514. For additional information call 330-757-1943 or 330-536-8867.

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