Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a series of stories highlighting homes and other structures that will be featured during the Highland County Historical Society’s annual Tour of Homes and Historic Buildings on Sunday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. This story features the Estle home, located at 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
The home of Betty and Dan Estle located at 150 E. Main St. was built for Tennessee native Robert Stuart (1791-1865). He had migrated to Highland County in the first quarter of the 19th century.
In 1818, he married Mary Jolly, daughter of David Jolly. Stuart established a saddle and harness making business in the area and after some years of great success, he and Mary were able to have the East Main Street house built in 1841. In 1869, their daughter, Isabelle, and her husband, Martin Buck, built the corner home next door to her parents’ home.
The two-story brick structure displays wide side porches which are a notable architectural feature of this home. The upstairs porch may well have served as a sleeping porch for the Stuart family on hot summer nights. The historical society is not sure of the history of the home after Stuart’s death, but Vivian Hiestand owned the house for many years and had at some point transformed the upstairs into an apartment. But when Megan Ford purchased the house from the Hiestand estate, she converted it back to a single family dwelling and put her own personal slant on the design of the interior.
After purchasing the home from Ford, the Estles continued to make changes to fit their own style. Dan is a collector of Civil War memorabilia and has a room devoted to his love of history while Betty displays items that have soft edges and a warm glow that only comes with time, touch and love. The side porches still remain and beckon friends to stop a while and linger on a hot summer day beneath the shade of the big old trees.
The Highland County Historical Society is collaborating with the Brush & Palette Guild in an effort to raise awareness of its talent and to help it promote its 60th show and sale at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. The society is featuring artwork of the homes or buildings on the tour at each of the sites. By attending the tour, you will have an opportunity to see some work created by these talented artists and talk with them about their organization and upcoming event. Mary Jo Copeland will be the featured artist at the Estle home.
Submitted by Avery Applegate, Highland County Historical Society.