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Frankfort celebrates homes and gardens with tour

A shade garden is a highlight at the home of Dick and Sara Bell as part of the upcoming Living In History garden tour next week in Frankfort.
A shade garden is a highlight at the home of Dick and Sara Bell as part of the upcoming Living In History garden tour next week in Frankfort. Herald-Leader

Frankfort's Living in History home and garden tour will feature nine properties representing several neighborhoods in Frankfort. Included will be a home in one of the city's oldest developed neighborhoods and a home in one of its newest.

The Garden Club of Frankfort and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission sponsor the tour. Proceeds help fund beautification projects such as the Frankfort Cemetery Chapel and the Wilkinson Boulevard median improvements.

Luncheon at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath, is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Shoppers can browse The Boutique at the Country Club from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here's information about two of the homes on the tour:

109 South Creek Street

Sara and Richard Bell's two-story home sits above Slickway Branch creek inside a newer, gated community. Many rooms in the house offer unobstructed views of the creek.

The 4,000 square-foot-home is located on a solid rock ledge wedged into a steep hillside. The main living areas have 12- and 14-foot ceilings and open floor plans. There are three working fireplaces. A patio and walkway lead up the hill through terraced landscaping and plantings of shrubs, trees and flowering perennials.

12 Ashmore Drive

The current residents, David Fields and Nickolai Pennington, acquired the house in 2006. However, the property was subdivided in 1938 and the area became known as Montrose Park. Pennington said the area was built to provide housing for doctors working in a nearby hospital.

In the fenced-in backyard, two ponds are joined by a moving stream, creating a home for 40 varieties of fish. Nearly 200 varieties of daylilies, an insect hotel and a safe haven for rescued rabbits and turtles also inhabit the yard.

Pennington bought the home after seeing it for sale online. He packed up his belongings in his pickup and headed to Frankfort from his California home, which was just miles from the beach.

"I saw this home online and because of its fantastic curb appeal, it just started calling my name," Pennington said. "The house was so beautiful, I just had to have it."

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