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Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:53
Exterior view of 417 E. Front Street in Perrysburg. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Area residents can walk through history Saturday as the annual Historic Home Tour, sponsored by the Perrysburg Area Historic Museum organization, returns with a slate of five houses.
The tour, now in its fourth year, will benefit the PAHM, which is working to raise a final $75,000 to open the museum, to be located in the Spafford House on West River Road, to the public.
“It’s been well-received, and something they look forward to every year,” said Phyllis Morton, vice-president of the PAHM.
“We’re lucky about that because there is such a wealth of historic homes in Perrysburg.”
Morton said that the appeal of such tours is “curiosity. They go by these houses and they wonder what they look like inside. So this is satisfying their curiosity.”
Among the homes features is the Norton House, 402 E. Front St., a two-story red brick Victorian, built between 1850 and 1863, and currently the residence of Virginia and Steve Keller. The first owner, Jesse S. Norton, began the first bank in the city, and served as mayor from 1859 to 1860. He also served as a colonel in 21st Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and received a bayonet wound and was captured and briefly detained after a battle at Kanawha River, Virginia.
The Slevin House, 417 E. Front Street, was built in the Queen Anne style around 1866 by Rosana Slevin, the wife of Patrick Slevin, who was a lawyer and Civil War officer. Currently owned by Donna and Todd Friesner, the house was once used by St. Rose Parish as a rectory, and has been extensively renovated over the years.
Liz Cope (left) poses on the front porch of her home at 300 W. Second St. with a picture of her husband Tim, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
The Hoover House, a Queen Anne-style home at 209 E. Second St., is owned by Liz and Tim Cope, and was built around 1890 by Horace Hoover. It features narrow side windows and classical columns on the exterior. Hoover was a private in the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, and died in 1917.
Thomas Powell was the builder of the Powell House situated at 300 W. Second Street. Originally from Utica, N.Y., Powell served as Wood County’s prosecutor for 10 years, before leaving for Delaware, Ohio.  The “two-over-two” house, constructed in the 1820s, was Powell’s second home in the city, as he also owned another home in the 500 block of West Front Street. Fully restored in 1976 by the Frank Hirst Family, it is now owned by Mia and James Mackiewicz.
The Bentley House, 30465 E. River Road, was the estate of Thomas Bentley, a construction magnate, who named the property Woodgate when it was built in 1926. Bentley was the son of Anderton Bentley, an English immigrant who founded the business, A. L. Bentley and Sons, in 1872. The firm was responsible for a number of major constructions in the Toledo area, including the Port Clinton Bridge in 1933. The three-story Georgian-style house is currently owned by Mary and Fritz Wolfe.
The tours will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 and will be available at each of the houses throughout the duration of the event.

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