Spring plant sale returns to benefit historic home

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When brighter weather finally returns, Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation will be ready with flowers, ferns and other greenery on-hand for planting season.

Mid-March will feature the fourth Miss Mabel’s Plants in the Patch sale hosted by KHPF volunteers linked to the historic Dean-Keener-Crim House. The event’s set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 101 E. Lantrip.

For the past several years, the front lawn of the community’s oldest home has bloomed on a spring Saturday with a wide variety of plant life. Proceeds from every purchase are invested in ongoing efforts to resurrect the historic house at the intersection of Lantrip Street and Commerce.

Recently, “We’ve been purchasing things for the house. None of it’s been moved in because we’ve got to wallpaper before we start actually furnishing,” says David Reeves, spearheading the project for the historical foundation. “We’ve acquired another antique bed, a vintage refrigerator and a parlor set.”

Always at the top of Reeves’ mind is bringing more people on board with the project, both as volunteers and financial supporters.

“We’ve been trying to inspire people for four years,” he said, and the annual plant sale has become an ideal opportunity to keep the home in locals’ minds.

“At this point we don’t have a lot of volunteer -necessity on the house. Once we get it up-and-running, that will open it up for docents. Our main focus has been on fundraising to this point,” Reeves added. “Our objective is to, obviously, open it up for tours and also have it available as for small events like showers and luncheons and teas, that sort of thing.”

Plant prices range from $5 to $35 during the fundraiser. To learn more, call Reeves at 903-372-9040.

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