Rob Lane will open his family home to visitors Sunday, not to show off the grandeur of his historic house, but to help raise money for the restoration of an old one-room schoolhouse.
Carlisle-Nicholas County Tourism would like to move the Hildreth School building from its rural site on Abners Mill Road to the campus of Nicholas County schools in Carlisle so it can be restored.
The schoolhouse was built in 1895 and served children in the area until 1941, when Nicholas County schools were consolidated. The potbelly stove and school desks remained intact, and even the blackboard decorations were not erased in the years after the school closed, tourism volunteer Gladys Shrout said.
The blackboard has a May 1941 calendar that students stenciled in chalk before writing in the days of the month. The calendar escaped accidental erasure by churchgoers, when the schoolhouse was once used by a church, Shrout said.
The schoolhouse's foundation has been removed, and the tourism board is waiting for funding so the building can be dismantled and rebuilt at a more accessible location.
Lane, a retired educator, would like for children to be able to tour the rebuilt schoolhouse.
"It's important for young people to see how far the education system has come since those days," he said. "It's a good thing for them to know what they have now, and what children had then."
To help raise money for the project, Lane volunteered to open his home for a tour.
The Lane house, at 2144 Ratliff Road in Sharpsburg, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Carter-Ratliff Store and House. A regional history book calls it "Old John Carter's Store Stand." The house is on Lane's parents' J.W. Lane Farm, which is named for his great-grandfather, who bought the farm in 1912.
According to historic records, Peter Shulse owned the property until his death about 1828, when it was acquired by John Carter. Shulse's two-story log home is now enclosed in a barn south of the main residence, and it also will be open for the tour.
In 1832, Carter began construction of the main house, which would not only be his family's home, but an inn, tavern, store and post office.
Lane said the builder seems to have lost ownership of the house, called The Old Brick, in 1854. In 1857, it was sold to Caleb Ratliff, Lane's great-great-great-great-grandfather.
IF YOU GO
Carlisle-Nicholas County Home Tour of J.W. Lane Farm and historic home
When: 2-5 p.m. Sept. 15
Where: Lane property is at 2144 Ratliff Rd., Sharpsburg (see directions below)
Learn more: (859) 289-5174
Donations accepted: Donations for the Hildreth School can be made to Carlisle/Nicholas County Tourism, 295 Moorefield Rd., Carlisle, Ky. 40311.
■ From Carlisle to Lane Farm: From Ky. 36, turn right onto E. Union Rd./Ky. 1285. Go 6.3 miles and turn right onto Ky. 57. Go.6 miles (do not cross over the bridge) and turn left onto Lower Sharpsburg Rd. Go 2.3 miles and turn left onto J.W. Lane Farm drive.
■ Directions from Interstate 64 East: Take Exit 110 for Mount Sterling. Travel north on Ky. 11 for 10.2 miles to Sharpsburg. Turn left on Ratliff Rd. Go 2 miles and turn right into farm drive.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.