Ligonier Valley — A Home Tour features an RV, rehabbed cottage this year
The 14th annual Inside Ligonier Valley — A Home Tour will have something unexpected.
Along with the other houses, big and small, old and new, on the June 23 tour, there will be a 40-foot recreational vehicle with all the comforts of a traditional home.
David Roderick brought the RV into his recent marriage to the former Nancy Fry. Owner of a string of pizza stores in Western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, David uses it as a home away from home while visiting his businesses.
It has also traveled the East Coast, on vacations from the mountains of New Hampshire to the beaches of Florida. In fact, David says, he and Nancy spent their wedding night in it.
“When I married Nancy, I wasn't sure what she'd think of it, but she fell in love with it,” he says. “It was Nancy's idea to include it on the tour.”
The 2000 Newmar Dutch Star model RV with two slide-outs has a living area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, two air conditioning units and water storage. It sits on a Freightliner chassis and has a 300-horsepower Caterpillar turbo diesel engine.
For the tour, the RV will be parked right next to Nancy's “Rehab Cottage,” a cozy little place bordering Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier Township.
Built in the 1960s and mostly untouched since then, the cottage was scheduled for demolition a couple of years ago when Nancy first saw it. Hardwood floors under old carpet led her to believe it was worth saving.
Imagination and a lot of elbow grease have transformed it into a cheerful, colorful hideaway. Nancy refinished the floors herself, and it's been repainted inside and out.
In Ligonier, Yvonne Stack will show off her 1926 Craftsman bungalow that has been totally renovated, inside and out, since she bought it two years ago.
Stack, a musician with the Pittsburgh Opera and a retired high school music teacher, says she intends for this to be her “last house,” so she took pains to make it exactly the way she wanted it.
That included taking out walls and making structural changes to open up the interior for a great room/kitchen combination. The original living room is now a music room. She also has a canning kitchen in the basement.
‘Cheerful, bright and beautiful'
The bungalow originally was a guest house on the property of a large Victorian house.
“I'm very proud of it, because it was a lot to do,” she says. “It's happy, cheerful, bright and beautiful; and I say that not just because it's mine.”
The tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring seven homes and the RV in Ligonier and the surrounding area.
Also among stops will be a 19th-century structure, a condominium decorated with the owner's art and a 1940s Cape Cod with a modern add-on.
Tour-goers will check in at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 327 W. Vincent St., Ligonier, where they will receive their tour booklets and booties to wear inside the homes.
The annual tour benefits the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ligonier Valley Historical Society and the Lincoln Highway Experience.