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Fairfield Women’s Club holding annual plant, craft sale

May 07, 2018

The Fairfield Women’s Club will hold its annual plant sale, cookie walk and craft sale Friday and Saturday at the McElhinny House and its Carriage House.

The sale will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The plant sale offering perennial and annual plants will be in the Carriage House, which is behind the McElhinny House.

All proceeds from the sales will go toward maintainence of 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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