- Giselle Smith
COVER FEATURE: Lindenwood House
Halloween has happened, and it's now officially Christmas. Just kidding, but as the season turns, we cozy up indoors and review our favorite features from Issue 9 preparing to celebrate the holidays. Scroll down to read our cover feature and tour the historic Lindenwood House. Cover photo by Clagett Photography with a gorgeous wreath from Elizabethtown Florist & Gifts.
The elegant, two-story white house located at 337 West Poplar Street has quite a fascinating history. The home was initially built in 1842 and was owned by Samuel Beale Thomas, the first millionaire to live in Hardin County. He was an investor of the L.&N. Railroad and was generous when donating his money to the residents that needed assistance. It has been well documented that Thomas contributed money and valuable articles to Elizabethtown residents affected by The Big Fire in 1869.
Samuel Beale Thomas was close friends with General John Morgan, a Union soldier in the Civil War. Their bond became more evident when The Battle at Elizabethtown took place. In the early hours of December 27, 1862, General Morgan had the entire town surrounded. His soldiers opened fire on the city, causing multiple casualties. Knowing that Samuel Beale Thomas shared a close friendship with General Morgan, the townspeople began running to his home for shelter. It was their safest option. The soldiers were initially instructed not to shoot at his house, but once they saw the residents of Elizabethtown flowing in, they opened fire. Thomas quickly ran to the roof of his house to wave a white piece of fabric, causing the soldiers to a ceasefire.
Miraculously, the house remained relatively unscathed. The home was originally built with red brick but was later covered with white paint. This helped cement the wealthy, grand reputation it has now. On the exterior walls, you will find ivy climbing upwards. The garden is immaculate and a true place of serenity for current owner Betty Campbell. She purchased the Samuel Beale Thomas House, also referred to as Lindenwood, with her late husband Damon Campbell 30 years ago. They both had a love of old houses, and to keep the place as original as possible, they subtly opened up doorways and rooms that only served to make the home more beautiful.
Every room is lived in and gives off a warm and cozy feeling. It boasts having four bedrooms and five bathrooms and is about 4,000 square feet. The old, original floors, fireplaces, and radiators in every room will remind people of the 150-year-old age of the home.
You are met with a welcoming, bright light and charm when entering through the front door. The entryway is open and displays an impressive staircase. The wallpapered walls are covered with art and small keepsakes that belonged to her family. Most notably are the Indonesian nets used to carry babies on their mother’s backs and an antique doll once belonging to her husband’s grandmother.
It’s hard not to be mesmerized by the 10ft tall windows and beveled glass doors spread throughout the house. The library, living room, dining room, kitchen, art studio, and screened-in porch make up the 1st floor. The library has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that have a wide variety of antique books on them. The bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor. Each bedroom has an antique canopy bed with draperies that are reminiscent of a time long forgotten. In the master bathroom and staircase landing, you will find hand-painted rugs that immortalized Betty’s favorite yet aging rugs.
The entire place is an homage to family members past and present. Mrs. Betty Campbell helped design the kitchen, and Jenkins and Essex turned the old garage into the library, which she needed to house her impressive book collection. She spends a lot of time in her art studio, which replaced the rose garden that belonged to Mrs. Brewer (a past owner). She enjoys painting landscapes and still-lifes. Her paintings are hung throughout the house and undeniably prove her artistic talent.
Betty began drawing seriously in the 7th grade. She majored in art at Asbury University and has traveled the United States and abroad to study with artists she admires. “I studied twice a week with my favorite artist, Cindy Overall. Her influence can often be seen in the paintings I create,” says Betty Campbell.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.”
— Winston Churchill
The love and hard work Betty Campbell has put into Lindenwood House shines in every way possible. She has dedicated 30 years to caring for, and preserving, her historic house. A house that most of the community holds in such high regard. She believes she’s so blessed to live in such a gorgeous, historic home. Without Betty’s efforts, the Lindenwood House would not be what it is today. The house will continue to stand regal and tall, and serve as a reminder of a moment in history that no one could forget.
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Happy Holidays Elizabethtown,