43 Years Ago

The story of the contemporary rustic home of George and Carol Kennedy, built in 1979 by Wayne Kelso of Jonesboro, can be told by describing the variety of materials used to build it. The exterior is constructed exclusively of cypress wood from Mrs. Kennedy’s family farm, the E.R. Coleman farm located on the Black River. Inside, wood from the Colemans’ barns was used in the den, and ceiling beams in the basement feature hand-hewn wood over a century old salvaged from a farm in St. Louis. The downstairs paneling, Mrs. Kennedy said, used to house her families’ chickens, and the hard-to-find “pecky” wood used throughout the inside was gleaned from logs immersed in the farm’s slew for over 50 years. The kitchen floor is of Arkansas sandstone, and the seemingly round window is actually a square window with a round frame. The copper and brass kitchen ware are family heirlooms. The Kennedy home will be featured on the Junior Auxiliary’s Christmas tour of homes this weekend.

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