Owning an historic home comes with responsibilities, like keeping it in shape for future generations.
The owners look at it as a labor of love.
“It was built in 1894, for Henry Hall and Kate Hall, who owned Overwood Dish Company. They made rolling pins, clothes pins and wooden bowls,” says homeowner Lary Sampson.
Lary, an avid antique collector, admits he may have the ultimate antique.
“My best man at our wedding told me ‘you finally bought the ultimate antique!’”
This is a never ending process, both inside and out.
Early restoration on this Wellington Street home was focused on securing the porch. They redid the basement entrance and buggy port. Outside, aluminum siding was removed and the home was repainted. The front entrance was refurbished and is ready to meet guests.
Trying to keep any work done as close to original as possible in today’s world isn’t an easy task.
“As you shift from room to room you find all kinds of projects to do. In my life time, I don’t think it will ever be done,” says Lary.
This old porch is the defining feature of this old house and the Sampson’s enjoy it on warm summer evenings. When a warm breeze blows and the rocker squeaks, it may be a visit from the Hall’s coming back to their beloved home.
“Our grandchildren say the house is haunted, so it must be them,” says Lary.
The house has a rich history in Traverse City.
The Sampson’s consider it an honor restoring it for the next generation.