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Housewalkers to see one-time farmhouse
Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:43 AM
A one-time farmhouse that has more than doubled in size now serves as home to Donna Hedrick, who will welcome community members as her guests during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 14.
The Hedrick home, located at 3755 W. Division Rd., Huntington, grew from 1,200 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet through the efforts of Hedrick and her late husband, Greg Hedrick.
Greg, a Huntington police officer until his death in 2010, worked with his father, other family members and friends to remodel and add to the home. Greg and Donna worked together to add the wood trim and crown molding, and Donna built the toy chests and other storage pieces. She also designed and built a "time out chair" to be used by the 12 grandchildren during their visits.
Hedrick says the kitchen, with its oak cabinetry, dining table and bar area, is her favorite room. It showcases her collection of shot glasses. The collection was started by two of her children, who both serve in the United States Army and have contributed shot glasses from around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Another collection features the American eagle, the symbol of the United States, collected by Hedrick's late husband. Greg Hedrick's excavating company, Eagle Excavating, was named in honor of the bird.
A collection of family photos is displayed in the family room and antiques are scattered throughout the home. A whirlpool tub in the master bedroom allows a view of the television while relaxing.
Upstairs, three connected rooms that were originally bedrooms now serve as two bedrooms and an area for toys, entertainment and exercise.
A side patio is home to a large hot tub and a tile path leads to a pond with two lifeguard chairs. Near the pond is a gazebo, the setting for her son's wedding, that Donna built with wood left over from the home remodeling project.
Hedrick is owner of The Caribbean Corner Tanning Salon and Create-A-Kut Hair Design and Tanning, both in Huntington, and also works as groundskeeper at the National Guard Armory.
The Hedrick home is one of five sites included on the Tri Kappa Housewalk. Other stops on the housewalk are the home of Bob and Abbey Bolen, 2834N-300E, Huntington; the home of Shawn and Michelle Haupert, 5659N-900W, Andrews; the home of Mike and Stacy Haggerty, 8663S-200E, Warren; and the Roanoke Coil Factory, 314 N. Main St., Roanoke.
All five locations will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Advance tickets are available at a discounted price at Dorothy's Hallmark, in Huntington, or by calling 358-6190 or 356-8804. Full-price tickets may be purchased the day of the housewalk at any of the five locations.