Councilwoman Jean Makonis said the city has been working constantly on the home, built in 1887 and recently, volunteers decorated it for Christmas. It will be open this weekend for tours.
“I want people to see it and be proud of Resaca,” said Makonis. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
The city bought the two-story home earlier this year for $150,000, along with the eight acres it sits on, and have invested about $25,000 in renovations, including landscaping, building a walkway and adding steps. Makonis said the circular drive in front of the home is now open. The road was at the center of a legal battle for years and was closed by its former owner.
She said fresh paint coats the inside, but for the most part, the house still looks as it did 100 years ago.
“We bought the house to preserve the history of Resaca,” she said.
Two rooms have been dedicated to historic figures in the town. The first is for Buford and Estelle Ingle, the original owners. The other room is named for a more recent icon in Resaca history, Julia Baker, who served on the city council into her 90s. She passed away earlier this year.
“We actually have Julia’s furniture in (the room named for her),” said Makonis.
Future projects include painting the outside and finish the landscaping projects. The house will be used for special events and will be available to the public to rent.
“I hope we’ll see some weddings there eventually,” said Makonis.
Open house will be Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.