The Benton Women’s Club - Holiday Tour of Homes and Holiday Craft Bazaar
The annual Holiday Tour of Homes is always a highlight of the Christmas season in Marshall County. Its organized by the Benton Women’s Club, 501c3 charitable organization, and is one of their main fundraisers. The event takes place from 1 - 4pm on Sunday, December 9. An armband is required for admission to each venue.
If you purchase tickets in advance you must go to the Main Building in Mike Miller Park between 12:30 - 3 pm to exchange tickets for the armband. You will also receive a tour booklet with home descriptions, a map, and other information. The Club is also hosting a Craft bazaar at the Main Building so you might want to indulge in a little shopping while you’re there.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Please note that if you purchase tickets a $2.00 credit card fee is included.
2018 Featured Homes
The Home of Jeff & Greta Dycus - 7776 US Highway 68 West in Benton.
Built in 1904, their home has held two identities in its 114 year history. For the first half of its life, it was simply known as “Doc Stinson’s house”. The second and third owners were antique dealers, so everyone came to know the house as “the antique store in Sharpe”.
With a love and appreciation of older homes, the new owners went to great lengths to preserve the home’s character. Needed upgrades and improvements were carefully made with efforts not to disturb any original features. As its fourth caretakers, the Dycus family is forever grateful for their careful and thoughtful preservation of this home.
The Home of Murray & Sherra Riley - 1208 Shelby McCallum Drive in Benton.
The Home of Murray and Sherra Riley is full of history and charm. The home was built in 1906 by Mr. Walter Dycus a local attorney and his wife Mary. Senator Dycus was also a member of the State Legislature for Marshall County. The home, they named “Crescote” would remain in the Dycus family for 89 years until it was sold in 1995.
Originally the home was built as a two-story home with an attic. It was the first home to have electricity and water and all the luxuries of the time, including a bathroom. When the Riley’s purchased the home and set out to restore it to its former glory, they took great care to see that much of its original character was left intact.
The Home of Randy & Tina Fox - 206 W. 13th Street in Benton.
The Home of Randy and Tina Fox began its life in 1912 when Will and Veleta Ely built their home here. A little history behind the lot and home: Benton’s Lot 56, comprising the western half of the city block now bordered by the Mayfield Highway, Olive Street, West 13th Street and Joe Creason Drive, was allotted at an unknown date in the 1800s to Willis Strow. An internet search listed Mr. Strow as Benton’s Postmaster in 1853.
In 1883, Lot 56 was deeded to Mary R. Reed by the Commissioners Division of Lands, due to the death of Mr. Strow. In 1908, Lot 56 was divided in half with an east portion and a west portion. The east portion was deeded to Pete and Mary Ely. Mr. Ely was a founding member of the Bank of Marshall County in 1903. He also was the Marshall County Sheriff and Jailor. In 1912, the southern portion of this eastern portion of Lot 56 was deeded to the Ely’s son, Will and his wife Valeta.
Home of Roger & Norma Swaney - 59 Aspen Street in Calvert City
Oak Hill as their home is called, was built in 1860 by Pot illa Calvert. At the time, the home was surrounded by many majestic Oaks, which is where the name came from. Mr. Calvert settled here because of a 5800 Ace grant he received from the government. He then gave 1000 acres to the railroads as a way to entice them to come through this area. Mr. Calvert was one of the founders of Calvert City as well as Calvert City’s First Baptist Church and the namesake of the town.
For more information or to reserve your advanced tickets, please visit their website bentonwomansclub.org.
Benton Woman’s Club
The Benton Woman's Club is a recognized 501c3 charitable women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service in our community.
The Benton Woman's Club was founded in 1910 and became Federated in 1914. They are a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) and the state chapter known as GFWC Kentucky. GFWC is the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women's volunteer service organization - founded in 1890. The national headquarters office is located in Washington, DC and our state headquarters is located in Frankfort, KY.
The club is dedicated to serving the people of Marshall County through volunteer service. They strive to fulfill all the areas of service as set forth by GFWC while striving to help better the community in which they live.