DARKE COUNTY — After a several-year hiatus, the Darke County League of Women Voters (LWV) is resuming its Tour of Homes.
It will be held Sept. 25 at three locations — the homes of Erin and Nathan Miley at 6115 Palestine-Union City Road, Greenville, Gloria and Donald Rich of 19 Parkdale Drive, Arcanum, and Angela and Mike Ditmer of 9911 Grubbs-Rex Road, Laura.
Diane Johnson, a member of the LWV, said this is the organization’s primary fund-raiser.
“We have been doing this for 29 years,” she said. “People enjoy it.”
The Mileys, the parents of three young children, had their tri-level home built in 2008.
“We designed it and did a lot of the work ourselves, even the landscape in the backyard,” said Nathan. “There are four bedrooms, four baths and full finished basement. I have have a recording studio in the basement.”
The Miley home, which features more than 6,000 square feet, also has a swimming pool, which can be seen from the patio.
He loves his home.
“I like the openness and how it puts you with nature with all the windows,” he said. “It is very green and very efficient. We have a geothermal system. It is a very modern design yet not over the top. It’s very efficient and very practical. We love our home.”
There are now plans to built an equestrian barn on the Miley property.
The Riches like the smallness and quaintness of their home “at retirement age.”
“We made it all our own with the crown molding,” Gloria said. “The furnishings seem to fit in. We knew exactly where to place everything. I like the arrangement of my kitchen.”
The Colonial theme is seen throughout the house, which also features a garden with a fountain.
She said they have lived in Arcanum for 42 years and reside in a pleasant neighborhood.
Angie Ditmer said they bought their home 10 years ago for the farm ground, unaware that it was a log cabin.
“It was an 1830 original to the site with a wrap-around porch and a couple of layers of siding,” she said. “We restored it and built a new addition. We stripped everything off. We liked the historic part of the cabin and preserved it 10 years ago.”
The two-story, split level home is enhanced on the exterior by a flower/vegetable/herd garden.
The Ditmers made a shop out of a smaller cabin, which was underneath another house, and restored it. It’s her shop for the soaps she makes as well as other items.
“It was a labor of love,” she said.