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Spotted in the Wilderness: A Perfect Elsmore

July 9th, 2018 Sears Homes 6 comments

Whilst driving along State Route 501, between Lynchburg and Glasgow, I spotted this Elsmore in Big Island, Virginia. (And why was a town high atop a mountain named “Big Island”?)

Nonetheless, this Elsmore is a beauty, and it looks like it stepped right off the pages of the Sears Modern Homes catalog.

Two years ago, I swore that I was done with Sears Houses, but these days, as my healing progresses, the special ones do catch my eye and warm my heart.

To read about another delightful Elsmore, click here.

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The Elsmore, as seen in the 1919 catalog.

The Elsmore, as seen in the 1919 Sears Modern Homes catalog.

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Note the colors of this pretty thing.

Note the colors of this pretty thing.

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What a beauty - and its a perfect match to the catalog image - down to the colors!

What a beauty - and it's a perfect match to the catalog image - down to the colors!

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This house sits on Lee-Jackson Highway in Big Island, Virginia. Capturing a photo of this beautiful old house was quite a thrill. This road has no shoulders; just deep ruts on either side that are fairly terrifying, and it's a major trucking route. I was unable to stop so I slowed down on this incredibly twisty road and snapped several photos out of the passenger window. Then I turned around and did the same thing out out of the driver's side. It was not something I'm going to do again. And for the record, Route 501 (Lee-Jackson Highway) is one of those roads where even the driver gets car sick. However...what a house!

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The image shown here

The image shown here is still zoomed in quite a bit. The house sits high on a knoll.

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Lynchburg and the surrounding areas are so very beautiful, but these mountain roads are a little intense for me right now.

Lynchburg and the surrounding areas are so very beautiful, but these mountain roads are a little intense for me right now. Pre-2016, there was nothing I'd love more than zipping along a canyon road in a snazzy red car. Now, I find myself getting fairly queasy - when *I* am driving! Maybe in a couple years, I'll be able to drive these mountain roads with relative ease.

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JJ

A beautiful house in a beautiful place, and it overlooks the James River.

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Route 501 runs beside the James River. While some folks may love these roads, theyre not fun these days for me, and getting a picture of a house on one of these roads - Oy vey!

Route 501 runs beside the James River. While some folks may love these roads, they're not fun these days for me, and getting a picture of a house on one of these roads - Oy vey!

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To read about another delightful Elsmore, click here.

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Another Mystery in Richmond!

March 14th, 2014 Sears Homes 17 comments

My blog on the Sears Houses in Richmond has gotten several hundred views in the last few days. I am tickled pink to see it, but I wish I knew what led folks to a 15-month old blog!

But in the meantime, I’ve made another *fascinating* discovery, which might lead me to a neighborhood of Sears Homes in Richmond!

Today, David Spriggs and I were doing research at the Norfolk Public Library, and I found this article (June 16, 1921) in the Richmond Times Dispatch. At first glance, it looks like another 1920s ad, but look closely.

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The "beautiful bungalow" shown in the advertisement is a Sears Elsmore.

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Check out the fine print.

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And you can buy “all the material necessary to build this charming bungalow” - from Sears!
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If you look closely at the house in the ad, youll see its a Sears Elsmore.

If you look closely at the house in the ad, you'll see it's a Sears "Elsmore." In fact, it's the picture right out of the Sears Modern Homes catalog!

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This is the picture used in the advertisement shown above.

This is the picture used in the advertisement shown above.

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Heres an Elsmore in Elgin, Illinois. Were any of these beautiful bungalows built in Richmond?

Here's an Elsmore in Elgin, Illinois. Were any of these "beautiful bungalows" built in Richmond?

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Perhaps someone familiar with Richmond can help me find this neighborhood! Was the builder successful in pitching these Sears kit homes to the people who bought his lots?

This could be fun!!  Please leave a comment below if you know where this area is!

To learn more about the Sears Homes I found in Richmond, click here.

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