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Briggs Terrace/Evergreen Lane, 1204 H Ave

Briggs Terrace/Evergreen Lane, 1204 H Ave


The Evergreen Lane home was built in 1879, and has passed in ownership from its builder, Otis Briggs, Sr., through generations of the Briggs and Dutton Families to the Nevada Community Historical Society in 1996. First called "Briggs Terrace," it is also known by the name "Evergreen Lane." Other interesting architecture on the property includes a carriage house and pig barn. The bricks for these buildings were made by hand, onsite. If you look closely you will find fingerprints forever stamped in some bricks. The workers stayed on site in a workmen's shed, which still stands today. Workmen’s sheds were usually torn down after work was done and there are few left around the country. This workmen’s shed was kept for future use. Evergreen Lane is considered an outstanding landmark of the Nevada community. Restoration began in 1997 and will continue when funds are available.

Halley School, 1204 H Avenue
Halley School, 1204 H Avenue

In 1975, Halley School was given to the Nevada Bicentennial Committee by Ivan and Sally Hornbacher Hansen, Dee Earl, and Lois Hornbacher, in memory of their parents, Isaac and Elma Hornbacher. Halley School was built in 1874, located southeast of Nevada, and was used through 1944-45 school year.

 

George Child Log House, 1204 H AvenueGeorge Child Log House, 1204 H Avenue
This cabin is Nevada’s oldest standing building. In 1854 George Child migrated from Illinois to Nevada by oxen and covered wagon. His was the third house built in Nevada—then at the corner of 4th Street and J Avenue. It was purchased and restored by the Nevada Rotary Club in 1975 as a bicentennial project and presented to the Historical Society on July 4, 1980. It was moved to Briggs Terrace/Evergreen Lane, and restored, in 2006.
Dyer-Dowell Victorian House, 922 5th StreetDyer-Dowell Victorian House, 922 5th Street
This house was originally the Story County jail, built in 1869. It was 24' x 30' with a hall and jailer’s residence on the first floor, with prisoner’s cells above. It was later enlarged and converted into a private home, purchased by Judge George W. and Martha Kellogg Dyer, daughter of Dr. Nathan Alonzo and Hannah Kellogg—early pioneers of Nevada. Mrs. Austin A. Dowell (Isabel Dyer) gave the family home to the Historical Society in 1988 in memory of her parents and grandparents.

All properties are open Sundays 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment.

 

The Nevada Community History Center, 624 J Ave The Nevada Community History Center, 624 J Ave
The History Center was given to the Historical Society in 2012 by Dr. and Mrs. Pandu Bonthala. The center has a Donnelley Marketing display, which includes many large pictures, promotional material, scrapbooks and retirement items. There is a research library and a collection of area school class pictures, along with yearbooks. An exhibit showcasing the many advertising materials used by past and current businesses of Nevada is displayed as well as a small display of Civil War artifacts.
Open every Tuesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. or by appointment.

visit: www.nevadaiowahistory.org Facebook: Nevada Community Historical Society
Phone: 515-382-6684/515-382-6703 Email: nevadaiowahistory@hotmail.com

 

 

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