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Weather aids 13th-annual Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society Holiday Town Tour

| Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, 9:20 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Ken Trice, (front), of Mt. Pleasant, greets guests as Barb Iwaniec, of Mt. Pleasant, looks around the Chestnut Log House, during the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society 13th Annual Holiday Town Tour, held around the Mt. Pleasant area on Saturday afternoon, Dec, 12, 2015.
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Home tour co-chairs (from left) Diana Lucia and Cindy Stevenson, greet guests inside the Overly Log House during the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society 13th Annual Holiday Town Tour, held around the Mt. Pleasant area on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2015.

Warm weather prompted a great turnout for the 13th-annual Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society Holiday Town Tour.

The tour of eight buildings Dec. 12 included the former Hurst High School and a bar and restaurant repurposed as a church.

It all began at 422 Washington St., where the historical society plans to relocate its headquarters next spring.

MPAHS owns an 1820 log cabin discovered in 2003 when the structure around it was razed. Called the Chestnut log house, it represents living in Mt. Pleasant in 1828, when the borough was founded. The cabin has a loft, and a giant fireplace built with stone from property belonging to Ken Trice, a MPAHS supporter.

The historical society also owns the cabin next door. It was donated to MPAHS in 2010 by the Overly family, and was relocated from Armbrust. Society Vice PresidentJim Lozier marveled at the wherewithal of the builder, who in 1786, managed to construct a two-story home in the wilderness.

Terry Taylor owns a Victorian-era house in Aspinwall, and she takes the tour each year to learn about history and architecture.

“This is a beautiful area,” Taylor said. “I always learn something new.”

The tour's co-chairs were Cindy Stevenson,Coke and Carol Yancosky, andDiana Lucia.

Jaimie Golobish and Rick and Heidi Meason sold tickets and answered questions in the Overly cabin.

Lozier, Trice and MPAHS treasurer Phyllis Newell welcomed visitors from the front porch.

“Mt. Pleasant is an old town,” Lozier said. “There's lots of history, and that's what we're trying to preserve.”

— Dawn Law

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