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The Sears Roebuck House in Urbanna, Virginia

In early 2000, I was often on the road, traveling throughout the Midwest and giving lectures on Sears Homes (and selling books!).  At least a dozen times, kind-hearted Midwesterners would saunter up to me after the talk and ask, “Do you know about the Sears Roebuck house in Urbanna, Virginia?”

Seems like knowledge about this little house has spread far and wide.

A few years ago, I made the 75-minute drive to Urbanna to check out this “Sears Roebuck House.” It wasn’t hard to find, as Urbanna is a tiny fishing town and home of Virginia’s annual Oyster Festival.  (BTW, the Oyster Festival is THIS weekend!!)

Within ten minutes of driving up and town the few streets, I found my Sears Home. Here’s a photo of my little pretty.

I later learned that local folks didn’t realize that Sears had 370 designs, but thought there was just the one model, hence the name, Sears Roebuck House. In fact, this is a Sears Rodessa, one of Sears most popular models.

Sears Rodessa in Urbana

Sears Rodessa in Urbana

Sears catalog image

Sears catalog image

Sears Rodessa

Sears Rodessa

Sears Rodessa

Sears Rodessa

Sears Rodessa

Sears Rodessa

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Sears Rodessa - A Pretty Little House

Sears Rodessa - A Pretty Little House

  1. trish burton
    January 11th, 2011 at 19:49 | #1

    Your books have been a wonderful addition to our library!! Because of them we, now, have a new hobby! Not only do we cruise the local area in our Corvair but we , now, go “cruising” for Sears Homes.

    We live in Mayfield, Ohio, a small city just east of Cleveland. Until picking up your first book I did not realize how many Sears homes there were in our area. We have a Rodessa model just up our street and have counted at least three Cresent models and a Conway model within 2 or three side streets from us.

    In other cities surrounding us we have located an Ardara model, a Maytown, a Kilbourne, a Dover, and a Westly. And thats just naming a few. There are more and we have photographed most all of them. We have also taken photos in our travels to Pennsylvania and New York and Kentucky. Of course also in Akron, Ohio and Canton, Ohio as this is the area were my roomate grew up.

    Your books have fueled a brand new hobby for two divorced and previously bored women!

    THANKS! We LOVE it!!

  2. September 19th, 2011 at 08:32 | #2

    @trish burton
    Sounds like a blast. I wish I could join you!!

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