Last week’s Mason County News carried an article identifying the two homes in town that will be on the April 21st Mason County Republican Women’s (MCRW) 2012 Home Tour. This week’s article introduces the homes in the county area.
Three of the county homes are off Highway 87 South toward Fredericksburg. At approximately 16 miles from town, red balloons will show the way to the home and guesthouse of Nonie Stringer at 525 Kothmann Creek Road. The fourth home belongs to Kent and Sheryl Burleson, and is located at 605 Old Pontotoc Road.
Since Nonie’s home was on the Tour several years ago, changes have been made to the guesthouse to include tiled porches, new built-in serving areas, and an outdoor kitchen.
Adjoining the guesthouse is Nonie’s domain which includes the kitchen where she creates her famous gourmet dishes. The serene countryside and the beautiful surrounding landscape create an atmosphere conducive to rest, relaxation, and enjoyment.
Continue south on Highway 87 for a less than a mile and a half. Turn left at Ranch Road 2242 at the Loyal Valley sign. Immediately take another left onto Keyserville Road, go 2.6 miles and turn right onto Bucks Run Road. After one mile, red balloons will mark the place to turn.
Be ready to enjoy the expansive view at the top of the hill where Lee and Kacey Butcher have built their home. The Butchers moved from Alaska in 2008 and were in their new home by June of 2009.
The Butcher’s home is equipped with a hybrid electrical system which consists of a wind turbine, 14 solar panels and a back-up generator. There are also three rain water collection tanks which collect water for the garden and livestock. Outside the Butcher’s comfortable, utilitarian home is a wrap-around porch which allows full view of the picturesque countryside.
From the Butcher home, return to RR2242 and turn left. In less than a mile is the old stagecoach stop, a future bed and breakfast establishment owned by Bruce Grobe. Bruce lives on the adjoining property.
This old rock house is the work-in-progress home for this year’s tour. It is a two-storied structure which has been repointed, and the porch and balcony also have been redone. Bruce has asked Esther Lehmann to be at the home on April 21st to answer questions about the house and the Loyal Valley area. In future years, look for another opportunity to see this old stagecoach stop as a completed work.
Kent and Sheryl Burleson found their Austin stone home at 605 Old Pontotoc Road in 2007. As with so many homes in Mason, this one has an interesting lineage. The land was part of Ralph Johnson’s homestead. The Johnson’s built a small five room bungalow and smokehouse in the 1930’s. Around 1979 the home was sold to Joe and Eve Carson who had completed their service as a naval engineer and naval nurse respectively. They built around and above the original bungalow. After Joe’s death, Eve completed the home to fulfill her promise to Joe.
The house stood empty until 1999 when Herman and Jackie Morris purchased it. The Burlesons then purchased the home and added an “old world” flavor with Spanish style furniture and an art collection from their travels to Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Recently they added a pool and landscaping to the already beautiful setting.
Home Tour tickets, at $10.00 each, can be purchased at Market Square this week and at any Tour home on April 21st.
Once again, many Thanks to these wonderful homeowners for helping to raise scholarship opportunities for graduating Mason seniors.