Civic Club Holiday Home Tour & Lunch
Kidwells prepare to show off
their 1890s Crestwood home
The couple are the owners
of the former Craig’s Pharmacy
Civic Club Holiday
Home Tour & Lunch
• Saturday, Nov. 23, in Crestwood, Ky., from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with luncheon seatings at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
• Tickets $25. To purchase tickets, call (502) 996-7050.
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2019) – Craig and Susan Kidwell’s faces are familiar ones in Oldham County. As owners of Craig’s Pharmacy, they have come in contact with thousands of residents and will soon come in contact with more as owners of one of three distinct homes on this year’s Crestwood Civil Club’s annual Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon.
“We bought our house in 1977,” said Susan. “We lived in a small house just behind our current home and passed it every day. We love old houses and when a For Sale sign went up, we looked at it, loved it and made an offer, not really expecting the owners to accept! They did and that was over 40 years ago.”
Her husband, Craig, moved to Oldham County when he was a sophomore in high school. Susan grew up in a military family and lived around the world. She has now called Oldham County home for more than 40 years.
She said the “history of the home and the farm is a little fuzzy.” Because Crestwood was primarily a farm community, there wasn’t much history recorded, said Susan.
Craig and Susan Kidwell pose inside their Crestwood home, which will be featured on this year’s Civic Club tour.
“We do know that in the early years Floydsburg, part of Crestwood, was a stop on the Old Post Road. It was the center of the community. Later, the railroad came through with a railroad stop in Crestwood (then known as Beard Station). Our house is across from the tracks, just down the road from the station.”
Their home is one of three on this year’s home tour, to be held from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Luncheon seating times are 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The Kidwells believe their historic home dates to the 1890s, with the three-story farmhouse once being part of a larger farm. At one time the farmland was owned by Absalom Hawley (Feb. 1827-1902) and Lucy Ann Stonestreet (June, 1837-1914) Hawley.
Married on May 16, 1853, in Oldham County, the Hawleys had 10 children, eight living to adulthood. Records indicate that Absalom, a farmer, once owned 420 acres on the Oldham, Henry and Jefferson counties, nine miles from La Grange.
His father was Barton Hawley of Virginia. He died in the cholera epidemic of 1833. Barton had been a soldier in the War of 1812 and took part in the Battle of New Orleans. For the later service, his widow received a land warrant for 80 acres.
In 1964 the home and adjoining property were sold to make way for the Clorecrest subdivision. The farmhouse remained on 1.5 acres with a few outbuildings.
“Christmas is absolutely our favorite time of the year,” said Susan. “An old farmhouse is the perfect backdrop to decorate. The center of our Christmas decor is our 10-foot family tree.”
Decorated with 2,500 colored lights and family ornaments from more than 50 years of marriage, three children and four grandchildren, it is the highlight of the home.
“Craig and I owned Craig’s Pharmacy in Crestwood for almost 30 years,” Susan said. “Our pharmacy also had a Hallmark Gift Shop. We were able to collect many Christmas items for our home. We have a Snowman Room, Nativities from around the world, Byers Choice Carolers, Dept. 56 North Pole Village, Nutcrackers from Germany and Santas.”
They have added onto and renovated rooms in the home to accommodate their family, while trying to preserve the original part of the home. It still contains the original front oak stairway, three fireplaces, windows and tall ceilings, all which enhance its historical appeal. “We have added a garage, sunroom and large family room and eating area. We also remodeled the bathrooms and kitchen.”
Craig and Susan Kidwell’s three-story home in Crestwood, Ky., is believed to be part of a larger farm at one time. It is one of three homes on this year’s tour.
She said what makes the Kidwell home special is that it is part of the history of Crestwood. “It also is a home that reflects who we are. It has changed and adapted with the seasons of our life. However, it has always celebrated family, friends and our faith.”
One outstanding feature of the home is the great room. The ceiling features a hand-painted mural of the evening sky in the Renaissance style by local artist Stephen Paulovich. The room is furnished with an eclectic mix of 18th and 19th century European antiques and paintings.
Tracee Dore and Matt Brown’s home is the second on the tour. It is a 2,400-square-foot home in Pewee Valley that Dore said is reminiscent of the historic summer cottages on Gull Lake, where she grew up.
Dore developed a love for design while working with her father in his construction company. While studying interior design at the University of Kentucky, she was hired by one of her father’s clients to design their custom home. That same year, at age 21, she opened Tracee Dore Interior Design, a business she later re-opened in Louisville.
Her creations have been exhibited in Better Homes & Gardens, Today’s Woman magazine, Sophisticated Living and Louisville Magazine. She has designed hotels, banks, corporate headquarters and retail showrooms. In addition to her work through her design firm, she also renovates and builds fine custom homes, just like her father.
The home she designed for her family in Pewee Valley has a “lake house” design, and the inside is connected with the outdoors through many different elements. It is the family’s oasis that provides serenity from their busy schedules.
This home was featured in a Lifetime movie as the main characters residence. Many may recognize Dore from her time on the “Louisville at Home” TV show or HGTV’s “Design Star 3” reality program.
The last home on the tour is known as the RoundHouse Farm. Located on 16 acres with a three-acre lake, livestock paddocks, apiary and vegetable gardens, the property operates as a bed & breakfast and is owned by Wendy Hagan of City Girl Farm LLC.
The home was built in 1973 by Master Builder Braxton Dixon using salvaged materials. Dixon had a career of building iconic homes for people such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Marty Stuart, Tammy Wynette and many others. He designed RoundHouse after Johnny Cash’s lake home in Hendersonville, Tenn.
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