Thanks to a FOSH (Friend of Sears Homes), I found the 5th known Sears Magnolia in the country. In March 2010, “Joy” sent me a link last week to a news story on a Sears Home in Benson, NC (just outside of Raleigh). When I clicked on the link, I had no idea the show would be featuring a Sears Magnolia – the Creme de la creme of Sears Homes!
As soon as possible, I left my house in Norfolk, Virginia to make the drive to Benson. Soon, I was parked in front of the Sears Magnolia, staring at her with majestic glee.
The happy owners of the Magnolia allowed me to tour the inside of the house, where I found proof that it was indeed a Sears Magnolia (as if there were any doubt). Click on this link to read more about that.
This was the second Magnolia that I’ve been inside. The first was in Canton, Ohio. In 2002, PBS’s History Detectives did a segment on Sears Homes, and invited me to be part of the program. After hours of filming, I took a nap inside the house, and that was one of the happiest naps of my life!
There are also Sears Magnolias in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.
Below is the Sears Magnolia in North Carolina.