Getting a glimpse of history

The Sunderlands' 5,596-square-foot house still has many of the amenities that were incorporated into the structure when it was built, said Ann, including a kitchen fireplace with a crane and baking oven.

"We've tried not to change the structure much," said Ann. "We feel very strongly that [buildings like this] should be kept even though it's a challenge to preserve them."

Guided tours of the house will be offered Oct. 22 and 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost of admission will be $5 per person, with children age 6 and younger admitted free. Free cider and snacks will be served following the tour.

A Chinese auction will also be held - winning bidders need not be present to win. Proceeds of the auction will also benefit programs of the Peru Community Church Ladies Guild.

For more information, including directions, call Peru Community Church at 643-8641.

Fast fact!

Though the Keese Homestead house officially stands within the boundaries of the town of Ausable, it is often considered to be part of the town of Peru. Prior to Ausable's formation and the changing of boundary lines in 1839, the house stood in Peru. In fact, the Keese Homestead was Peru's first settlement, established in 1789 by Keese family ancestor William Keese, who claimed the spot as payment for his surveying services following the American Revolution.

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