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Fairfield Women’s Club hosting annual bazaar

Mar 29, 2017
ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger archive photo Jane Richmond, left, and Toni Griffith of the Fairfield Women’s Club arrange pillows created by the club’s craft department for the 2016 annual Spring Bazaar at the McElhinny House, where the club also sold casseroles and desserts. The 2017 Spring Bazaar  is set for April 7.

Fairfield Women’s Club will host its annual Spring Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the McElhinny House.

The club will be selling frozen ham balls and chicken casseroles. Bakery items and crafts also will be sold.

The frozen foods can be pre-ordered by calling 472-4248.

Everyone is welcome to attend the bazaar.

All proceeds from the Spring Bazaar are used to help maintain the historic McElhinny House.

The McElhinny House on Court Street, just north of Jefferson County Courthouse, was built for pioneer merchant Robert McElhinny by carpenter John Lynn Jr. beginning in 1846, with completion between 1852 and 1857.

The McElhinny family’s home was Fairfield’s first showplace. The dwelling remained in the McElhinny family for 69 years. At times, it was closed and vacant, while at other times, it was rented as a rooming house and a private home.

After the family sold the house, it had various owners, and was even used as an elementary school after World War I until 1931.

In 1933, it was purchased by the Fairfield Women’s Club through a bequest from the estate of Elizabeth McElhinny, daughter of Robert McElhinny. In her will, McElhinny gave $10,000 to the club to purchase a club house.

The McElhinny House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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