Center on the Square's Cocktails and Cabaret... Searcy Arkansas, night out at Rosehaven.

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Rosehaven.  The invitation said that Center on the Square, our downtown dinner theater which has become so popular and successful, was having a fun night with music, an auction, food and drinks, and presentation of awards.  It was to be at Rosehaven.

That was a new name for me.  Sounded like a plantation house so I definitely wanted to attend.

And it was a plantation-type house.  Within city limits, this house that was first built in the 1800's and added onto a little at a time has become a mansion.

Owners are Cathy Liles and Randy Duncan.  Here they are in the picture below made at the party. The lady in red is my daughter.

Randy Duncan Cathy Liles and Valerie Canepa

The house has a really wide hall with doors opening off it to various rooms.  Do not be distracted by the person in the hall.  Look at the house, please.

Wide hallway at Rosehaven

Randy Duncan said to please go upstairs and see his library.  I love books and a library is my favorite place to be.  Up I went.  Actually I rode up on the elevator.  Yep, that's pretty fancy....an elevator.  The library is shown below.

Library at Randy Duncan house

OMG! That library was the room of my dreams.  Look at the wood floor, the shelves, and best of all, the ceiling!!  It looks like a room from a castle in Europe!  Closeup of the ceiling is here.

Library ceiling at Rosehaven

Searcy Sleuths, in case you don't remember where this house is, I'll explain.  It was in the Smith family for generations and is located on Pioneer Road.  I'll try to go find a picture of the front and add it  later.  Randy Duncan says he is a second cousin to my husband and bought the house from the Smiths a few years ago.  He and his wife Kathy have done a great job of adding to the house but maintaining the character of the old house.

Center on the Square, thanks for inviting me to this lovely house and fun occasion!

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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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I, too, love the parquetry of the library's wood coffered ceiling.  Brilliant!

May 01, 2011 02:30 PM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Alan, thanks for calling the ceiling by a proper name.  I didn't know what to call it but do know that they had a hard time finding a builder who could do it.  Betcha the haunted hotel in your city has ceilings like this!

May 01, 2011 02:35 PM #2
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Alan May
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You mean this one?

I'm sure you're right.

May 01, 2011 02:47 PM #3
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Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
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I'm a lover of historic property Barbara. Looks stunning! And it looks like it was a fun event.

May 01, 2011 04:57 PM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Alan Elvis, I definitely don't want to admit to my 3 readers that I made a mistake but my little brain was thinking of Eureka Springs in the little state of Arkansas. It's called the Crescent Hotel, I think. 

Carol, trying to copy "historic" is really hard but they did a good job with this ceiling.

May 02, 2011 01:45 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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The googlemaps guy gives this photo of the property.  Very plantation-like, isn't it.....

Rosehaven

May 02, 2011 02:21 AM #6
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Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

Looks like you had fun and the venue looks gorgeous!

May 02, 2011 03:37 AM #7
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Billy Fuller

Barbara, I remember that house well.  It was right down the road (south on Pioneer Road) from where my grandmother, aunt and uncle lived for many years.  Hubert and Frances Smith were the owners.  I used to play there in the summer with their granddaughter, Sara Frances Smith (my age).  Sara Frances also has a brother, Mayo, and a little sister (can't remember her name).  They would come to visit during the summers.  They had a shetland pony that we would ride around the property.  Only time in my life I was on a shetland pony.  Besides the beauty of the property, one of the things that fascinated Searcians the most at the time (early 50's) was the HUGE picture window on the front of the house.  Don't remember anyone having a picture window in those days, so the Smith window was a novelty.  Hubert and Frances were lovely, lovely people and defintely assets to the community.

May 02, 2011 03:50 AM #8
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Luke Jones
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I stayed in the Crescent Hotel last summer. A ghost pressed on my chest in the middle of the night! That's what it felt like, anyway.

May 02, 2011 06:33 AM #9
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Barbara, I wondered why you didn't get a closer view of the house so I checked and the Google man couldn't get any closer than the intersection of Liles Dr. I did blow it up some and here's the result.

 

Plantation House

May 02, 2011 07:43 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Larry, it was fun!  Perhaps they will invite me again next year.

Billy, what a great memory for you to see this house again.  I find it hard to believe how much bigger it is now.  I knew Ward and Hubert and the house was charming but the present owners have really added on.  Picture windows were a thing of fashion in the 50's.  I think people wanted them to display the Christmas tree!  Or perhaps they could watch the neighbors from inside rather than on the porch.  Thanks for adding to the good memories of this house.

Luke, you are joking aren't you??

Don, you can outdo me any day of the week.  I need to drive by for a picture.  Aren't the trees huge!  When they turn green, there won't be much picture available.

May 02, 2011 11:53 AM #11
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Luke Jones
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No joke! I woke up once after feeling a tap on my knee, then again feeling a pressing sensation on my chest and face. I couldn't speak or breath for a couple seconds, then it was gone. Hallucination? Waking dream? Specter? The hotel only knows, but I don't experience that sort of stuff on a regular basis. In fact, this is my one and only paranormal experience. A number of other people have also encountered strange goings-on there (talk to Craig Christiansen about it).

Incidentally, we slept on the second floor, where the hospital wards were when the hotel was being used as a (bogus) cancer-cure clinic. If you aren't familiar with the stories about Norman Baker, you should look them up - ghosts or none, they are rather disturbing.

May 02, 2011 06:05 PM #12
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Angela Shaw

My parents have lived across Pioneer Road from this house for seven years. In that time, the house has more than doubled in size. I can barely remember what it looked like before. Wouldn't it be great if someone would post a "before" picture?

May 03, 2011 03:25 AM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Luke, that's a great story!  Craig will need to tell us his ghost stories.  You also need to talk to my daughter, shown in the picture above, about her experience at a hotel in Little Rock....and she didn't believe in ghosts!  I think she does now.  I looked up Norman Baker but need to study him a little further.

Angela, I do wish they would.  I'm sure your parents were amazed to see the house changing.  Have they been inside? 

 

May 03, 2011 01:33 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Jeanni Brosius, writer for the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette says that the house was built in 1870 (original part) and was added on in the 50's.  It had been in the same family for 5 generations until it was bought by Duncan/Liles in 2000 and they did the current addition.  She says the library is "so fabulous that I could comfortably live in that library for the rest of my life." 

May 05, 2011 01:55 AM #15
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Debbie Wantulok

Yes, Ms. Barbara, you are right about Mr. Luke Jones and his ability to report a good story.  I recognized his name after reading some of the current news worthy stories and really I appreciated them.  You can tell even in this ghost story that he is a reporter at heart...he didn't leave out other possibilities. 

We get tickled at ghost stories because we tell kids that stay with us stuff all the time...they get so crazy scared...later we explain what is happening without the imagination parts...they still wonder...but every once in a while...there just isn't an explaination. 

This is a beautiful home...something to be proud of...I'm rather fond of the 1880's...did you have a definate date of construction?

May 05, 2011 10:37 AM #16
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Godmother,

When I put in photos of myself drinking, you yell at me. Yet these people, including your daughter, are drinking white and red wine. That gives me something to whine about. You discriminate against Godson.

Nutsy

May 06, 2011 11:29 AM #17
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, Big Luke has been busy lately.  He has had to cover lots of stories for the paper.  The flood stories have been heart-breaking.  But he definitely is a reporter at heart.  Little Luke, your child, would probably love a good ghost story but we don't want him to be too scared.  How's the puppy?

Nutsy, I know I preach at you for drinking but don't you worry.  Those drinks were just colored water with people play-drinking.  : )

 

May 06, 2011 12:47 PM #18
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother,

I am not convinced that you are telling me the truth and I am thinking about going on a binge just to show you.

Nutsy

May 07, 2011 03:23 AM #19
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