Purviance house’s history subject of next Historical Society meeting

Barb and Brooks Fetters stand inside the Samuel H. Purviance house they purchased in 2014. The home, located on South Jefferson Street, has been converted into a bed and breakfast as well as the couple’s residence.
Barb and Brooks Fetters stand inside the Samuel H. Purviance house they purchased in 2014. The home, located on South Jefferson Street, has been converted into a bed and breakfast as well as the couple’s residence. Photo provided.

The Samuel H. Purviance house has been standing sentinel over the south bank of the Little River since 1859, a home always associated with hospitality and history.

Brooks and Barb Fetters will share the history and the future of the home at the Huntington County Historical Society’s bimonthly program, which will be presented at the Historical Museum, 315 Court St., on Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

Nonmembers of the historical society will be charged a small admittance fee; members will be admitted free.

Light refreshments will be served.

In December 2014, the Fetterses purchased the historic home. They remodeled it into both their new home and new business: The Purviance House Bed and Breakfast, which opened for business in May 2015.

Brooks Fetters has served as mayor of the City of Huntington since January 1, 2012. He was elected to a second term in the November 2015 election. Prior to becoming mayor, he served the Huntington community for many years as a funeral director and general manager for Myers Funeral Homes.

He is a 1977 graduate of Huntington North High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Huntington College in 1981 and a master’s degree in Christian ministry from Huntington College in 1987.

He also received a diploma in funeral service and mortuary science from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science in 1982.

Barb Fetters is also a graduate of Huntington College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1981. She also received a nursing degree at IPFW in Fort Wayne in 1990, after which she worked for Parkview Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Ophthalmology Consultants in Fort Wayne. Retired, she devotes her time to the day-to-day responsibilities of running the bed and breakfast.

The Fetterses have been married since December 1980, and are the parents of three daughters and grandparents to three granddaughters and three grandsons.