Looking outside my office window now, I see a colorful poster about the Historic Holiday Home Tour to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4. The poster beckons me with the invitation to “kick off the season with a glimpse into Vincennes’ past.” I wouldn’t miss it. Different historic homes are featured in the annual tours. As I write this, one of my friends, whose home is on this year’s tour, is happily “decking the halls.” With the assistance of the knowledgeable researchers at the library’s McGrady-Brockman House, we were excited to find much information about the home.
To begin the research, we looked for a description of the home in the “Knox County Interim Report: Indiana Sites and Structures Inventory.” Published by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana in 1997, this guide ranks buildings in Knox County according to their historical/architectural significance. My friend’s house was listed as a Queen Anne Cottage, built in the early 1900s. Next to the listing was the letter “C” for contributing. We also looked in city directories and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.