Lewisville Historical Society hosts presentation on Conrad house

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 28, 2019

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The Lewisville Historical Society hosted a full house at the Nov. 18 meeting in the Lewisville Library. The topic to pique such interest and create a bring-in-more-chairs crowd was Susan Poe Hauser telling about her parents purchasing the River John Conrad 1804 Federalist home and 11 acres of land for $10,000 in 1960.

The historic property was in need of lots of TLC, which Annabell and Kenneth Poe lavished on the house and land while working full time at Hanes and Western Electric.

Susan told of the ball of black snakes that tumbled out of the attic when her mom opened the door. They screamed and ran while their father took care of the snake infestation.

There was a picture of the wide crack in the fireplace caused by the 1886 earthquake in Charleston, S.C. There were pictures of Susan and Mike’s wedding on the lawn of the stately home in 1970. There was the Dec. 25, 1910, double wedding of cousins Omar and Vernon Conrad and their brides Fannie Fulk and Flossie Luper.

Members of the audience added information and asked questions about the well-known historic home on Conrad Road in Lewisville, which served as a ferry crossing for 100 years prior to the bridge connecting Yadkin and Forsyth counties near the Enon community.

The next meeting of the Lewisivlle Historical Society will be Jan. 13, 2020, featuring Lewsiville resident Richard Mock. Richard is a collector of antique irons, which he will discuss.