1898 Queen Anne – Pomeroy, OH

SOLD / Archived From 2013
Added to OHD on 11/6/13 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 14 Comments
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This fair Victorian lady has been owned by the same family since 1898 when Charles E. Peoples, a prominent Judge and attorney had this gracious 4 bedroom home built for his family in the Meigs County seat of Pomeroy on the Ohio River. Each successive generation has loved and cared for the home, hardly changing it except to make a first floor bath in the butler's pantry. The handsome oak woodwork, hardwood floors, and two fireplaces with ornate mantels are all original. Heavy oak pocket doors between rooms are still in use, as is the clawfoot tub. The stately wrap-around front porch, bow windows, and 2-story side porches still catch the breezes coming up Butternut Street from the river. If you want to step back in time and live the quaint and quiet life in a small, friendly town in Southeast Ohio, then this is the home of your dreams.
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14 Comments on 1898 Queen Anne – Pomeroy, OH

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  1. Avatarscott says: 65 comments

    thank you for posting… this is a very intriguing house… i can’t figure out why so low in price unless it is a small little town… would really like to see any photos you might get on this one…

  2. AvatarLinda omoletski says: 81 comments

    Love this so much..

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4611 comments

    “Museum House” here but soon will not be. It’s one of those super-rare intact late Victorian homes right down to the period magazines stashed in the attic. But all of that is going to be dispersed to local antiques dealers shortly: http://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/1931999.html An ominous auction announcement clip: “the antique three tier oak bookcase” is withdrawn from the auction as it appears to be built in and could be damaged through its removal” I can’t tell if the house is up for auction or not but appears to be for sale by itself. Our 1889 home was such a time capsule as one family had lived here from May 1890 until the last descendant died in Oct. 1988. But a few months before we bought it in 1989, there was a large estate auction on the premises that older local antiques dealers still remember fondly as one of the best ever in Fort Worth. Regrettably, we did not attend the auction and when we bought the house a horsehair rug pad in the parlor was the only thing left from the original furnishings. Really too bad this house could not be offered with the contents but then most folks just want the house. It would be great to see the interior of this time capsule. I’m wondering if it has (had) any interior fretwork as it was very popular in the late 1890’s and the home of a prominent judge might have some real surprises. This house needs TLC but if it remained intact inside, for a Victorian purists it might be a wonderful find. Pomeroy is indeed a smaller town.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4611 comments

    Oops! Too late…the auction gavel dropped on it last week. So the contents comments are now moot.

  5. Avatarlara jane says: 574 comments

    Oh, John… You’re breaking my heart. 🙁

  6. AvatarJake says: 3 comments

    My family lives there, its a small rundown town on the ohio river that floods during the spring. The county has like a 11% unemployment rate, not much going for the the area

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4611 comments

    Yeah, a house this old with the original contents is an exceptionally rare find. I recall an episode on the TV series If Walls Could Talk, about an early 1900’s Foursquare in Minnesota where the new owner found original (and valuable) Steuben Quezal iridescent glass shades stored in the basement. While there are always some rewards from owning an old house they are greatly multiplied whenever artifacts from the past remain.

    I did a little research about Pomeroy (in remote southeastern Ohio on the Ohio River near the West Virginia border) and found it had a fairly significant flood in 2004. (one of several since the 1800’s) but this house obviously sits up high on a rise so would not be in a flood plain. The view from the front porch is pure nostalgia…reminds me of the old Twilight Zone episode “A Stop in Willoughby”. Pomeroy overall seems stuck in another century with few modern intrusions. The 19th century Courthouse is a real architectural gem.

    I hope a purist restorer buys this property and does nothing more than repaints, cleans up, and makes minimal upgrades while keeping any modernizations as unobtrusive as possible. The (likely) original exterior shutters are another indication of a time capsule type of house. While the contents are probably now displayed in the booths of local antiques dealers, the auction house photos provide clues of what was there. Although this is not a grand mansion by late Victorian standards what it perhaps lacks in grandeur it makes up for in originality. I sincerely hope a dedicated historic preservationist becomes the next owner of this house because “exceptionally rare” truly applies to this one. Not having interior photos is a great disappointment.

  8. AvatarTravis Drenner says: 2 comments

    I am proud to say that I have purchased this home

  9. AvatarTravis Drenner says: 2 comments

    immaculate! not sure how to post pics in here

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4611 comments

    Congratulations, Travis! The views alone are outstanding and the house is high enough above the river floodplain you will never have to worry about flooding. From what I’ve gathered, the house remained in the original family until quite recently. The last owner, a well-educated lady who owned a downtown used bookstore and was a descendant of the judge’s family who built the home. It’s quite rare to find a house so intact and that has remained in one family for so long. I hope you will take a careful approach to restoration: i.e., not gutting it to the studs, tossing out the 125 year old windows, removing historic millwork and other insensitive modernizations that will ultimately reduce rather than increase its future resale value. The house is a rare glimpse into the Victorian era and is one of the best preserved examples I’ve seen in Ohio. (I’ve travelled the Buckeye state extensively to photograph Victorian architecture) With proper TLC, this can once again become one of Pomeroy’s showplaces as it was over a century ago. As for photos, I’d love to see some. Probably the easiest way would be to create a (free) Flickr account and then cut and paste a link here to the album page where you’ve saved the photos. Best to put all of them in a separate “album” and make sure the settings for this album are “public” for viewing. You still retain copyright protection and can disallow downloading of any photos. Other albums (family photos, etc.) you can set to “private” and no one but you can view them. An album is also handy to document the “before” condition and later you can add the finished results. Here’s wishing you the best as you bring back this important historic home.

  11. AvatarChris says: 1 comments

    I had the pleasure of seeing the inside of this beautiful house. They had an estate sale in October 2013. Judge Peoples was a huge book collector and they had over 45,000 books that were sold in addition to beautiful furniture, a Picasso and so much more.
    The house has all dark hardwood (Cherry?) throughout – floors, moldings, etc. Absolutely beautiful! It has built in fireplaces, bookcases and has been taken well care of! I had no idea that it sold for $59,900. Whom ever bought that got an amazing deal.

  12. AvatarTrayne says: 2 comments

    There are many, many beautiful old homes in this one area of Pomeroy…..unfortunately the hills are slipping from a fault line that runs through the area. My son had to move from a beautiful old home less than a miles from this one…because the hill beside his neighbor. Fell off to the basement line and the one they were living in began to show stress cracks in the basement. Many of the old homes were built by the German miners. The former home was gorgeous hardwood floors,spacious rooms large window grouping of 3 in front and side , it is going up for sale….but will not sell for much unless the city secures the hill.

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