Out and about: Rockome founder's home open to public

ARCOLA —The home of the founder of Rockome Gardens has been restored for public viewing.

The Arthur Martin House was built in the early 20th century and has been refurbished and furnished according to the 1930s style when Arthur Martin was developing Rockome Gardens.

Visitors can check out the home when the gardens are open: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Oct. 27.

The Colonial-style columned porch added to the original structure by Martin was previously removed but is reassembled as part of the restoration.

The interior plaster walls were repaired using methods from the early 20th century, according to a news release. Wallpaper sections and sections of the original paint were revealed and preserved as well. The kitchen features the original sink, other appliances from the '30s and '40s and paint colors matching the original walls.

Throughout the house are photo and graphic exhibits of Martin's development of Rockome Gardens' rock and floral arrangements from the '30s and '40s.

Steve and Bev Maher purchased Rockome Gardens in 2011. The business' phone number is 268-4106.

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