Civic Club Holiday Home Tour

Crestwood Civic Club
to feature secluded home and church

Visitors can tour the decorative
4,500-square-foot Carlisle home this season

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2011) – When Linda and Lewis Carlisle built their home in Crestwood nine years ago, the couple had no idea it would some day be featured in a local home tour. Their secluded 4,500-square-foot home will soon be decorated for the holidays and on display for all to see.
“We do a lot of entertaining all year round,” said Linda Carlisle. “We’re very social.”
But for all the parties they give, their home is “pretty far off the beaten path,” she said. The landscape was “wild before we cleared it and moved in.”

Harrods Creek Baptist Church

Photo provided

The Harrods Creek Baptist Church
was built in 1822 and is on the
National Register of Historic Places.

The Carlisle’s own 110 acres, known as Highgrove Farm, which is a combination of several different tracts of land they have purchased. Their home sits on 60 acres, with the remaining property offered for sale in one- to three-acre tracts.
The couple contracted their home through Oldham County builder Tim Menard, whom Carlisle said “did a great job.” La Grange architect Bill Lammlein assisted the Carlisles with drawing up plans for their home, while the interior was designed with the aid of interior designer Donna Outlaw of The Dwelling Co.
The Carlisles’ home was featured as the House of the Week in the Louisville Courier Journal nearly two years ago. One eye-catching aspect is a steeplechase mural painted by local artist Sandy Kimura. It is located in the foyer. Kimura’s artistic talents have been showcased many times in the Bellarmine Women’s Council’s Designer Show House in Louisville.
Carlisle said that her husband, originally from Georgia, rode steeplechase as did his father. Lewis is an investment banker, while Linda is a psychologist.
Carlisle is in the midst of decorating her home for the holidays for inclusion in the 2011 Crestwood Civic Club Holiday Home Tour and Luncheon to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Luncheon seating times are 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Crestwood Civic Clubhouse on Kavanaugh Drive. Her main decorating theme will be Santas and reindeer, with accents in deep red, said Carlisle, originally from Delaware.
The Santas and reindeer are a collection pieced together by Carlisle’s mother-in-law “from all over the world,” she said. Carlisle will have every room in her home decorated for the holidays as she likes to “get into the spirit of things.” This includes her Percheron horse named Drago, which “you can’t miss!”
A second home on the tour is that of Phyllis and Bill Hinton in Prospect. Having resided in Oldham County for the last 45 years, they chose to build a home in 2004 that overlooked the Ohio River. This home has a true country estate atmosphere, and will be even grander during the holidays, decked with festive seasonal décor.
The final stop on the tour is the Harrods Creek Baptist Church in Brownsboro. The stone church was built in 1822 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The church was featured as a part of the 1990 Holiday Home Tour,” said Crestwood Civic Club member Rita Turner.
It “showcased the history behind the settlement and development of Oldham County and the surrounding community of Brownsboro.”
A very instrumental young preacher, William Kellar, assisted Baptists in the area to formally organize as the Harrods Creek Baptists in 1797. Upon his death in 1817, Kellar was preceded by Benjamin Allen, who had been apprenticed to Kellar at 12 years of age. Allen oversaw construction of the church, which is still available for weddings and special occasions.

Carlisle Estate

Photo provided

The Carlisle home, which sits on
Highgrove Farm, continues to be a
festive place for the season’s parties.

Debbie Bergman, Julie Mudd and other Crestwood Civic Club volunteers will decorate the church for the tour. “The church in itself showcases both simplicity and beauty and provides its visitors a view to times past and insight as to how Oldham County and its small communities were formed and settled before the Industrial Age and expanded community development,” said Turner.
Hand hewn poplar beams make up the floor and the trusses. The rear of the church held a slave gallery and there were 79 slaves accounted for at the time of the Civil War.
Anyone who visits the church on the tour will find that “the church will serve as a highlight from the estates featured on the tour and will provide beauty and solace to those who visit it,” she said. The church was restored in 1981 to its original condition.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Crestwood Civic Club’s scholarship program, as well as funds and services for religious, educational and outreach programs throughout the county. Organizations that have benefited include the American Red Cross, South Oldham Interfaith Church, Apple Patch, and the Oldham County Animal Shelter. The holiday home tour is the club’s major fundraiser for these programs.

• Tickets for the Crestwood Civic Club Holiday Home Tour and Luncheon are $17. Ticket prices for the tour only are $12. To make reservations, contact Anne Murner at (502) 292-2701.

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