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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Tour Of A Historic Mansion!

My first guest blogger, Meg Dickinson, wowed us with her Winter Wonderland Wedding! Meg's in-laws hosted the post wedding dinner in their Loda, Illinois historic mansion.
photo courtesy of Robert K. O'Daniell
Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson graciously agreed to give me a tour of their lovely home. 
I have finally met my match in the "house love" category. 
It was clear to me that Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson not only love their home but they also have a great appreciation for architecture, restoration and for maintaining local history. 
Their family home boasts of high ceilings, windows the size of Texas, beautiful antiques, fireplaces in the bedrooms and staircase after staircase. 
I was so immersed in the storytelling of this home's history, that two hours passed in a blink. I could have stayed for two more hours listening to more remodeling stories and more stories of past owners.
I hope you enjoy the tour of this well loved, well maintained and well documented home as much as I did.




















Mrs. Dickinson is a gardener and I am hoping to visit again this summer to drool over feature her gardens. 

25 comments:

  1. O. M. G. Gorge!!One of these days you can feature my historic home. Say, 2017, when I'm retired.

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  2. I just kept saying,.."Oh" in a sighing sort of way. Gorgeous, gorgeous. You can see the love. And your photos are awesome - what's your secret?

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  3. WOW! They had me at the moldings on that porch! Thanks for sharing this....what inspiration!
    blessings,
    karianne

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  4. I was loving these pictures, and probably annoying my husband by making him look also, when the pictures ended. What!!-we need more pictures of this lovely home. I'd love to see the kitchen.
    Is that going to be a future tour???
    Lisa

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  5. Oh my goodness, what a treasure of a home! Totally enchanting!

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  6. I love how your photos captured my parents home, familiar yet new all at the same time.

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  7. What a incredible home! That front porch is stunning! I'm seriously jealous!

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  8. An absolutely gorgeous home! So glad you shared :)

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  9. I live in Illinois, too. But I don't know where Loda is. What a beautiful, beautiful home!

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  10. It's a stunner! Yes I very much enjoyed the tour of the Dickinson's mansion! Vanna

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  11. I want to visit this place. I live in Illinois so I will have to look this town up. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love old homes! That italianate is GORGEOUS.
    -Trish

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  13. In a word. Elegant. Thank you for letting us in on the tour.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your tour. What a lovely home.Enjoyed every little detail!

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  15. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.. I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was just over at your place admiring all of your roses!

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  16. Beautiful! What, no bikini shots this time? :) Thanks for sharing at my place!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS Be sure to stop by my place today. You'll be glad you did!

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  17. So fun to see, I LOVE Victorian homes. Thank you for sharing!
    Linda

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  18. What an amazing place!! The tall mirror with the bench at the bottom is to die for!!!!

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  19. Oh my! I think I need a holiday there!!! :) Thanks for sharing the story.

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    1. Thank you! The homeowners were starting to get worried that I might never leave!

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    2. hahahaha I would have had problems on leaving too! ;)

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