The Farrington’s Grove Historic District was first settled in 1841.
And those old homes require a lot of tender love and care, so twice a year the neighborhood comes together for a huge clean up.
“It’s the oldest district in town and it’s got a lot of character and we wanna show the best we can,” said Michael Magnin, President of the Historic District. “You know it’s got some age to it but it needs to be taken care of.”
Because of it’s unique homes, residents like Ben Lenderman and his wife are very protective of their neighborhood and the projects they take charge of.
“These homes are grand and beautiful and there’s really nothing else like it anywhere,” said Lenderman.
In addition to helping pick up branches and litter, the Lenderman’s have bigger plans for a special part of Vigo County history, the Sage Mansion.
“My wife is opening a like a little boutique in there,” he said. “So a bed and breakfast boutique in.”
The mansion formerly housed the Vigo County Historical Museum, and the Lenderman’s want to make sure people can continue to live and visit in the history.
“We’re already heavily involved with other types of real estate and fixing up you know run down property,” he said. “It’s kinda what I try to do actually. I take on tough ones that need a lot of work. But we wanted to do something different, like a project for her. So she’s excited about it.”
For more information on the district and how to get involved in community projects click this link.