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Historic Turner farm to be auctioned Saturday
The Late Orvis Turner house, located at 185 Denver Drive, Columbia, KY, will be auctioned on June 25, 2016. Orvis began a renovation of the family homestead in 1997. He passed away in early 2015, at the age of 79 (Obituary).
The farm and house are just outside the Columbia city limits on Green Hills Rd., which runs between Fairground St. and Hwy East 80. The property has been in Turner hands now for approximately 110 years.
In the early 1900's, the farm was purchased by John and Fannie Turner, who lived there with their 7 children. The farm at that time was well over 100 acres, consisting of what is now Green Acres subdivision and all lands extending to Highway 206.
Throughout the years parts of the property were sold for various reasons, leaving the current farm at roughly twenty acres.
The farm was used for agriculture and livestock, with tobacco being the primary cash crop. Parcels were also used for homesteads for some of the children.
Family stories were always told of Indians living in the "bottoms." There were reports of a cave along Sulpher Creek with ancient drawings, and a sizeable collection of arrowheads and Indian relics have been found on the farm over the years.
Denver and Blanche Turner lived in the "small house", which still stands on the property, with their children Orvis and Hansel. When Blanche died in 1952, Denver and his sons moved into the "big house" with John and Fannie, as both were getting up in years. John and Fannie both passed in the 1960's at which point Denver--their second-youngest son, and the road's namesake--continued to farm the remaining land until he suffered a stroke in 1974. Shortly after that, the house was boarded up.
It sat vacant until 1997, when Denver's eldest son, Orvis, returned home and began a renovation of the historic house, adding water and a bathroom to the home.
The property is slated for auction on June 25, 2016. More information about the sale can be found on the Golden Rule-Wilson web site, at goldenruleuction.com
This story was posted on 2016-06-20 15:08:05
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