Historic Lewis Bryan Dwelling under renovations in Van Buren

Frances Lawson

A historic Van Buren home is now getting renovated from the within out to maintain its original appear and give it a new daily life.  Built in 1886, the Queen Anne Victorian-style home at 105 Fayetteville Road was owned by Logtown Faculty trainer Lewis Bryan. In 1896, the property was the headquarters for […]

A historic Van Buren home is now getting renovated from the within out to maintain its original appear and give it a new daily life. 

Built in 1886, the Queen Anne Victorian-style home at 105 Fayetteville Road was owned by Logtown Faculty trainer Lewis Bryan. In 1896, the property was the headquarters for Lewis’ cousin, William Jennings Bryan, during his operate for president. William was the U.S. Secretary of State at the time. Previously, Lewis Bryan lived at the Bryan-Sadler dwelling, a different historic property in Van Buren.

The Lewis Bryan property was listed on the Nationwide Sign-up of Historic Destinations in 1978, but about that time the residence was deserted and has been given that. At this time, the property is owned by Billy and Anna Wilson, but right before they obtained the house via an IRS auction, it went by numerous various hands in the course of the many years. 

The inside of the Lewis Bryan house is stripped due to water damage termites. The staircase and railing are from the original home.

Ashleigh Wilson, the spouse of the Wilson’s grandson, handles all of the perform the goes into taking care of what wants to be carried out to renovate the house. 

The Wilsons live following door to the Lewis Bryan House and system to make it their primary residence as soon as the perform is concluded. 

“When we initially received it, there was a ton of termite hurt,” Wilson said. “It still had all the flooring downstairs and upstairs but there was a ton of water damage as well.”

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