CLINTON — Every house has a story, says Joey Long. And, with help from area residents, she is working to tell some of those stories.
Long, director of the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum, began earlier this year collecting photos and information on houses all over DeWitt County. She plans to use the material in a presentation next spring, “Historical Houses of DeWitt County.”
“Originally, the deadline was for mid-October,” Long said.
Residents have emailed, mailed and dropped off photos and information for use in the exhibit.
“But, I kept getting such good stuff in, so now the deadline in Dec. 31.”
“What I’m learning is every house has a story,” Long said. “Everyone who has brought something in about a house that is special to them, they have their reasons why this house is special.”
One has been occupied by six generations of the same family, another the first house a family resided in after moving to Illinois, while others have their own special stories of characteristics.
Long told about a house near the DeWitt/Macon county line owned by a doctor where the owner discovered in the attic a painting of the home from the early 20th century. The painting depicts a porch swing, which is still used at the house today.
“It’s interesting the things people find in their attics,” she said.
• See the complete story in the Friday, Nov. 12, print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.