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Historic home is one of Celebrate Poland’s new venues for 2019

June 12, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

One of the new venues for this month's Celebrate Poland festivities is a tour of the historic Truesdale home at 214 South Main Street. The home has a rich history and is among the oldest structures in Poland and Mahoning County.

"Generally known as the 'Truesdale House,' the home was built in 1819 by Turhand Kirtland for his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hall," said house owner Atty. Michael Thompson. "When the house was built, George III was still king, and that is also the year that Queen Victoria was born. Sometime in the mid-1800s, the house was purchased by the Truesdale family, another Poland pioneer family, and it remained in the Truesdale family as a private residence until 1980. In 1980, it was purchased from Seth Truesdale Mayers by my parents, Don and Carolyn Thompson. Mr. Mayers was also known as 'Tom Field,' which was his professional name as a well-known television news anchor for many years on several Cleveland-area TV stations. Mr. Mayers retired to Marco Island in 1980, when he sold the house to my parents."

Thompson's parents operated an interior design business out of the home, named Main Street Gallery. It was in operation from 1980 till just a few years ago when the parents retired and moved to Venice, Florida. Now the historic structure has been returned to a private home.

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The historic Truesdale home, 214 South Main Street, will be opened for tours during this year’s Celebrate Poland event. The historic 200-year-old home is one of the oldest existing structures in Poland and Mahoning County.

The house is built entirely out of brick, and the outer walls are roughly one foot thick. The entire house is believed to date back to 1819, aside from an enclosed porch which was added a few years ago in place of an older porch. It has four bedrooms, 2 and a half bathrooms, seven original fireplaces, and four chimneys. None of the bathrooms are original, as indoor plumbing did not exist at the time that it was built.

The foundation walls in the basement are local stone, and the floors are held up by logs with the original bark still on them. The back wing of the house does not have a full basement, and there is a storm cellar. Most of the windows contain original glass, and the front doors are original. One of the front doors has an antique bell set into it, which patients used to summon the doctor, when the house was the home of Dr. Seth Truesdale, an ancestor of Tom Field's. The bell still works.

The heat is provided by cast-iron radiators, which are believed to be 100-125 years old, and which still work perfectly every winter. Many of the rooms in the house still have the original wide-plank floors, although not all of the original floors have survived. Much of the woodwork in the house is very old and may date back to 1819.

One interesting fact is the original house was all brick. Today it is painted white, with multiple layers of paint that is meant to preserve it.

"There is a reason the house is painted white," Thompson said. "As far as anyone knows, the first brick factory in the area was not established until years after the house was built. It's unknown who made the bricks, or where, or what they were made from. It is pretty clear that they were made by hand. What we do know for certain is that they start crumbling if they are exposed to the elements. As a result, the house has for many years been encased in layer after layer of white paint, to protect the brick. It would not originally have been painted."

During Celebrate Poland on Saturday (June 29), the house will be opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours and to celebrate the structures 200th birthday. Admission has been set at $5 of which 100 percent will be donated to Celebrate Poland.



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