By Martha Ackerman
For The Times Leader
WOODSFIELD - The Monroe Central Football Moms have put together a very interesting and varied tour this year. The annual Tour of Homes is set for Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. In Woodsfield, the home of Walter and Barbara Keylor at 104 West Marietta Street, and the Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, owned by Jerry and Linda Haney, at 108 North Street, will be open for the tour. Also featured on this year's tour are the Steve and Dale Rubel home, located on State Route 78, Lewisville (the one with the pond and the water wheel); the home of Paul and Christine (Rubel) Robison, 29612 State Route 78, Lewisville; and a get-away cabin (off SR78) of Doug and Brandi Rubel, who live near Columbus. Tickets will be available the day of the tour at the Monroe Central Fieldhouse, located at the Monroe Memorial Park, off Eastern Avenue (SR78E) in Woodsfield, and at the Steve and Dale Rubel home.
This is the view looking down onto State Route 78 from the home of Paul and Christine (Rubel) Robison in?Lewisville. A covered bridge leads to a log cabin, where Doug and Brandi Rubel go to “get away.” The Robison’s home and the Rubel’s get-away cabin are part of the annual Monroe Central Football Moms Tour of Homes taking place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Steve and Dale built their home in the 70s, have remodeled the kitchen, torn out a living room wall and made it an open living area. "When you visit our home, you can see two things are very important to us - family and quilts," said Dale. When you visit this home and its surrounding living spaces, you will be amazed at the creativity displayed here. From Dale's beautiful quilts and wall-hangings to Steve's outdoor living areas, creativity abounds.
"Once the kids left home, we realized the living room was wasted space and the family room was too small," said Dale. "Steve tore out a wall, combined the two rooms using a lot of oak accents. We recently remodeled the kitchen to make it more open and user friendly. We used part of what had been the living room to make a new space for the washer and dryer, and also a Christmas tree closet, one of my favorite things." A bay window was added to bring in the natural light. The raised ceiling with its oak shelf is decorated with baskets and ivy, bringing the feeling of outdoors inside. As Dale said, family is very important to the couple as shown by the many pictures holding special places throughout the home.
The basement of their home serves as Dale's quilting room and the grandkids' play room. "About 12 years ago, I spoiled myself with a longarm quilting machine so I could finish the quilts I love to piece," said Dale. "Arthritis and back pain (guess all that construction work had finally caught up to me) kept me from being able to do the quilts by hand. I love to sew, and this was a perfect fit for me. Later I added an embroidery machine so I could make even more kinds of quilts. Handwork has never been my thing. I enjoy few things more than heading to my side of the basement to my workshop. What was started as a fantastic hobby has turned into a wonderful business. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was quilting for other people. My quilting has evolved over the years and now, for the most part, I do all the quilts freehand. I have gone to several classes and have been taught that if you can draw it, you can quilt it, and that works for me." Dale is even teaching her grandchildren the art of making quilts. Twelve-year-old Casey has started her own quilt from start to finish.
The other side of the basement is for the grandchildren with ceramics to paint, thanks to Dale's sister Judy, who owns a ceramic shop in Sardis; two swings (yes, I said swings); a chalkboard, an organ and much more to entertain the Rubels' four grandchildren, Casey and Payton Robison and Sylvia and Madeleine Robison.
Tour goers won't want to miss what the Rubels call the arena area. "Steve wanted to make a safer place for us to work with our horses so he made several neat trails in the woods. The arena made a nice place to start and end the rides. In the beginning we hauled in tons and tons of material from across the road and changed the location of the creek in order to make an area big enough for an arena. After that, Steve made a small building to keep saddles and tack along with an area for cookouts." Steve bought home different materials he salvaged from his road construction jobs and incorporated them into his projects. On a job in Woodsfield, noted Dale, they uncovered old bricks, and with the help of Amish kids from Holmes County, Steve laid a patio near the arena. Cut stone formed a retaining wall, and old metal and concrete pipes were used in flower beds and koi ponds. There is a kitchen area with a microwave and small fridge and even a bathroom off the patio. Trees cut from the farm were used to build a bunkhouse where kids can climb the ladder to the bunk beds or make use of a queen sized bed - enjoyment with all the comforts of home. As tour organizer Donna Circosta said, "You just have to see this to believe it!"
The use of the old and discarded items is amazing, too numerous to mention in this article. You have to see it to believe it! "We enjoy having family and friends use the area to have cookouts and camp," said Dale. "It has turned into a little oasis, a nice quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; and as Steve likes to say, he built it for nearly nothing." Photographer Mike Palmer said he'd like to spend the whole day enjoying the area. You just can't miss this stop on the tour. It is truly amazing!
Dale and Steve's daughter, Christine, with her husband, Paul Robison, and their children, live next door in the house which was Dale and Steve's first home, the former John N. Kuhn property. Christine and Paul have renovated and added to the house. The white weathered cabinets, the large counter eat-in bar and dining room create an open, airy living space. To increase their living area, the couple added a family room. The living room has an original, ornate fireplace. Steve found the beautiful stairway handrail at a demolition job. At the top of the stairs is Chris and Paul's daughter Casey's room, which is bright and colorful. It even has polka dots. Son Payton's room reflects his favorite team, the Steelers. The master bedroom and a bath can also be found on this floor and is decorated in burgundy accents.
Here again, the love of the outdoors is reflected. The outdoor living area so popular these days is perfect for entertaining with the large island, open space and a large waterfall fed by a spring that adds a feeling of serenity to the atmosphere. A large rock garden extends down the front lawn with a large "O" for Ohio State cut out of the top of a tree stump after the tree had been felled. This house and grounds have much for the tour goer to appreciate.
Then it's on to the cabin on the hill, which took four long years to reconstruct. The sign at the front door explains the feelings experienced in the construction. (You have to go on the tour to check this out). Steve and Dale's son, Doug, and his wife, Brandi, use this relocated log cabin as their weekend get-away from the Columbus area where they live and work. The chinking was all done by the family, and a deck off the first floor of the cabin was added. The beams holding the porch are made from old, white oak railroad trussels. The support beam was taken from an old church Steve helped tear down. A lower patio adds more outdoor living space. A large log extends from the basement through the first and second floors and anchors the winding stairways, designed and built by Doug, who has his father's talent for woodwork. The tiled bathroom has a clawfoot bathtub and pedestal sink. The eat-in kitchen has a tile island. Much of the furniture is antique. New windows ensure the warmth of the cabin during those winter months. This is just another stop you won't want to miss on the Monroe Central Football Moms' tour of homes.
The Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast is another stop on the tour. The B&B was on the tour some 14 years ago before it opened for business. After the article for the tour that year was in the newspaper, the Haneys decided to open earlier than planned because of the overwhelming response to the new B&B. Since then, the new Rose Cottage, which sits adjacent to the main house, has been added. It has been transformed into an efficiency apartment with twin beds, microwave, refrigerator and more.
The Victorian charm abounds in this home, which was built in 1907 for the Mooney Shaffer family. Marie Mooney Shaffer was the daughter of Colonel William Mooney, owner of the Mooney mansion which is located to the right of the B&B. The Mooney family was very prominent in Woodsfield during the turn of the century. Colonel Mooney was owner/operator of the local bank, owned his own construction company, was a promoter of the narrow gauge railroad and was heavily involved in the oil and gas production in Monroe County. He built this home for his daughter and the home between this one and the mansion for his son in the 1920s. Of the three homes, this is the only one that is adorned with beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, which are original to the house, noted Linda Haney. The chandelier in the dining room, the cherry paneling, baseboards and moldings, along with the tulip lights, are also original to the house. The brown bathroom on the second floor has the original clawfoot tub, barber sink, commode and wooden tank with a copper lining. The living room fireplace is constructed of green French porcelain brick that was imported from France when the home was built.
Linda has named each of the rooms on the second floor - the Magnolia Room, the Rose Room, the Mulberry Room and on the third floor, the Wisteria Room, which features a bed dating back to the 1800s. This room was originally used as the nanny's suite and is now available as a two bedroom suite which can accommodate five people comfortably.
The carriage lights on the front wrap-around porch are also original, but converted from gas to electric. The front walk is lined with rose bushes, and Linda decorates the interior and the porch for each season. The Haneys have strived to keep the decor in line with its original Victorian style which is evident throughout the three-story house. The grounds are neatly kept with the drive-way leading through a wisteria-adorned passage to the back of the home. This is another wonderful stop on this interesting tour.
Another Woodsfield stop on the tour is the home of Barbara and Walter Keylor. The couple decided to downsize from their larger home when they purchased a home in Florida where they spend their winters, along with another month in Phoenix, Arizona where they visit their children before returning home.
In 1996, Walter started a shoe repair shop after he retired from Ormet Consolidated Aluminum Plant in 1995. The home was formerly a metal pole barn where Walter stored his antique cars and the newer part which housed the shoe repair shop. The shoe shop has been transformed into a kitchen, laundry/pantry room and living room. Half of the metal building was used to make two bedrooms, bath, hallway and furnace room. A garage was built on the side of the existing garage, which is used to house the last two of his antique cars, a 1974 Corvette Stingray convertible and a 1964 Chevrolet Impala. As tour goers pass through the home, they will get a chance to see Walter's passion, these antique cars. The men on the tour will enjoy this aspect of the event.
As you enter the Keylor home, the open living space reflects comfort and convenience. Pastor Frank Lehosky was the master carpenter on these renovations, noted the couple. The bedrooms are small but afford spacious closets and are beautifully decorated. Barbara has used her love of aqua to accent each room of their new residence. The hallway is done in a wide aqua stripe accent. Barbara noted she has also used the decorating idea in her Florida home but in yellow instead of aqua. The wide hallway holds Barbara's computer desk and other pieces of furniture. She loves having her computer so conveniently placed for easy access.
The front porch, which features stenciled concrete and inviting seating area, beckons family and friends to come sit a while. The back porch adds a beautiful outdoor living space where the couple cooks, eat and entertain. The two-level area has stamped concrete floors with the raised level featuring a wooden octagon center.
The landscaping accentuates the home on all sides and features plantings, various stone, concrete statuary, driftwood with owls, Ohio State memorabilia and much more.
This 2012 tour will prove to be one of the most memorable in recent history. It has something for almost any enthusiast. Don't forget to mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 7, because you won't want to miss this Monroe Central Football Moms' Tour of Homes!