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Sears Modern Home, “The Winston”

It's been 17 years since I wrote my first article on Sears kit homes, and I've learned a lot in those years. Yet even now, there are still lots of surprises. That's the nature of history, and probably the #1 reason I love history so much - it's always shifting and...

Another Cutie In Kinston, NC

Driving around Kinston, I found one elusive house that I couldn't "match," and yet I knew I'd seen it somewhere. I took several photos of the house and decided to figure it out later. Through the years, I have learned that when a house beckons me, I need to pay...

Finding the CUSTOMIZED Houses That Sears Built!

For years, I've quoted the stat that "at least 30% of Sears Homes were customized when built." That observation comes from years of studying Sears Homes "in the flesh." But what about customized Sears Homes - that bear no resemblance to any of the 370 known models...

Kit Homes in Kinston – What a Bonanza!

Was I surprised to find 19 Aladdin kit homes in Kinston? My oh my, yes! And those 19 were found during a very quick windshield survey. There are more lurking about, I'm sure. Last week, my husband and I visited New Bern, and while there, we drove out to Kinston to...

A Real Peach Of A House – in Kinston, NC

It'd sure be fun to learn more about the history of Kinston, North Carolina. When my husband and I were there last week, we found a surfeit of Aladdin kit homes, and yet there in the middle of all these Aladdin Homes, we spotted a Gordon Van Tine #705 in peachy-keen...

J. M. Cunningham and The Sears Hillrose

Last August, my husband I visited a beautiful Hillrose in Brandy Station, Virginia. We were traipsing about the great Commonwealth, doing our own self-guided "Tour of the Confederacy", and we traveled from our home in Norfolk to Richmond (where we toured the White...

Hmmm…Whom Do We Know in Ohio?

Preferably near Convoy, Ohio (or Dixon, Indiana) and specifically at 12716 S. State Line Road. This is the site of yet another Sears Hillrose, which Rachel Shoemaker found with a little detective work. Turns out that State Line Road is so named because it marks the...

And a Hillrose in Griffith, Indiana!

A couple days ago, I did a "preview" blog on a stunning Hillrose in Brandy Station, Virginia (about three hours north of my home in Norfolk), and posted it in our Facebook group, Sears Homes, together with a blurb saying that there were other Hillroses in Griffith...

Montrose – or Something Like It…

Sometimes, looks can be really deceiving. Take Hubby for example. He's a handsome fellow, and a tough-as-nails litigator, and yet he has a tender heart and a sweet nature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * To learn more about the Montrose, click here. Want to learn how to...

Another One Bites The Dust! Part II

How many homes must a nation tear down, before they can say it's enough? Old kit homes, that is. Earlier this week, I wrote about a kit home in Haymarket, Virginia that is now on Death Row. Through the years, I've written about many kit homes that have been torn down....

Another One Bites The Dust?

Several folks sent me a link about a kit house in northern Virginia that is being offered for sale with one very substantial condition: It has to be moved from its existing location. Color me jaded, but in the last 15 years, I've seen this happen time and time and...

“Thou Shalt Not Destroy Good Old Work”

A few years ago, my friend Bill Inge reminded me of this "First Commandment" of old house preservation:  "Thou shalt not destroy good old work." It's so succinct and so accurate and most of all, so vital. And it makes good sense. Unfortunately, it's the diametrical...

Fenestration Devastation

* * * * * * * * * * It'd be easy to write an entire blog on this topic alone: WHY you should save your home's original windows, but this is a much better piece than I could write. Take a minute and read it. To read more about the other kit homes I found in this...

Something For My “Wish List”

Updated! Jennifer found one! Of the 370 models of kit homes offered by Sears & Roebuck, there are about 150 models that I've never seen. One of the most intriguing is the "Monterey." It was very similar to the highly popular Sears Alhambra, but with a few minor...

Sears Modern Home #124 in Amherst Can Be Yours!

It was 2003 when I saw my first Sears Modern Home Model #124. I'd visited Rebecca Hunter in the Chicago area, and she took me to Crystal Lake to see "an authenticated #124." It was all very exciting and Rebecca had even arranged for an inside tour. That was a very...

Solar Power: So Much Fun (Part II)

Three years ago (November 20, 2012) I did a blog on my first foray into the world of solar energy. Since then, I've added and upgraded my system a bit. I've taken a break from traveling and writing about kit homes, so I thought I'd do a blog today on my new "solar...

History and Her Story

The older I get, the more I realize, I just love history, and as is evidenced by the Addie blogs, I have a special passion for the story of the women in my family. My beloved mother died about 13 years ago, and not a day goes by that I don't think about her. She was...

Covington, Virginia and Douthat State Park

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * If you know anything about Covington, please leave a comment. I'd love to know where you're hiding the kit homes! And I'd also love to know more about the status of the Merry Widow (steam engine). * To read about my prior trip to...

The Sherman Triplets

Several years ago, dear friend and co-author Dale Wolicki gave me and Rebecca Hunter a first-class tour of Bay City, Michigan. One of the homes he pointed out to us was "The Sherman," a kit home built on one of the many tree-lined streets of this historic city in...

Be Still My Heart – A Carroll!

Way too often folks will tell me, "We've got dozens of those little Sears kit homes in our city," and when I ask, "How do you know that?" the response is always the same: "You can just tell by lookin' at 'em! They're the square boxy little things." Oh man. That's one...