The Bain-Honaker House, a Farmersville treasure for more than 150 years, needs lots of help which also requires a good bit of money.
To help restore the house built in 1865 by Anna Melissa Bain, the Farmersville Historical Society plans to conduct a fundraising event on May 22.
The house needs a new heating and air conditioning unit. The historical society has established a Save the House Fund and has raised about $5,000 for the installation of new central heating and air conditioning. Bertie Neu, president of the historical society, said the organization hopes to raise $20,000. “It would be great if we could get businesses or individuals to adopt a window” at the house, Neu said. “These windows vary in repairs from $3,000 to $5,600 for a double window,” she added.
The Farmersville Historical Society is planning to stage the fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 22. The event will include children’s games, a raffle, a silent auction and a yard sale; the society also is planning a demonstration of 1900s crafts at the event.
The society recently asked city council to agree to take possession of the Bain-Honaker House in the event the historical society was no longer able to care for it; a final decision by the council is pending.
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By John Kanelis • [email protected]