History In Your Backyard
What makes The Historic Thomas House so special?
Built in 1881, it was created as the first church for the Historic Town of Eatonville. Once it became too small to serve as a house of worship, it was "rolled" across the street. Today it sits as the mirror image of its successor, St. Lawrence A&E Church.
After 1908, the one room building became the town's first library and then some time later, a juke joint. In 1946, my great-grandfather, Stenson Thomas, purchased the property. He and his sons added rooms, electricity, and plumbing. My grandmother raised her family here, as did my mother. This is my childhood home and I want to share all its glory with you.
The Beginnings of Something New
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The New Black & Bookish
In the spirit of Black and Bookish (finding one's self, going home, and celebrating black literature) we're turning the town's oldest building into Historic Eatonville's first bookstore. This site is young but the idea has expanded well beyond me. My family and I decided to create a brick and mortar building to sell books by black authors and provide a space for cultural and community events. Outdoor events are currently happening, and you can go to our events page for more details.
Can you turn an old house into a new home?
Only if you've got good bones and this house is built on a solid foundation- both literally and figuratively. We have immense support behind us and we are thankful every day for this opportunity. We have already began to take steps into our journey of renovations and restoration and you can follow that journey through blog and newsletter updates.
Your donation allows us to make this dream a reality. We've set up a Go Fund Me page to make the donation process as easy as possible.