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714 Thornton: It may be the oldest house in Richmond

Woman with ancestral ties to Richmond remodeling the old Thornton house

Tarrie Fletcher stands on the newly renovated front porch of her home at 714 Thornton in early November. She purchased the house in May and began renovations. The original house was built in 1827 on land purchased by John Thornton for $1.25 an acre – part of a 240 acre purchase he made over three years from the United States government. (Photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News)

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

If only a house could talk. Traveling through the streets of Richmond and seeing a few old houses in disrepair, you just never know their histories or even how old they are. For Tarrie Fletcher, formerly of Snowflake, Ariz., the house that touched her most when she was searching for a home in Richmond was 714 Thornton St.

“I had been looking for a home here for four years,” she said. She hadn’t found “the” one yet. In Richmond, a real estate agent had shown her some houses, with the Thornton house being the first. It was love at first sight. In the end, she knew it was the one.

“I said to the realtor, ‘This is it, I don’t have to see any others,’” Fletcher said.

Fletcher signed the papers on the house last May and began working on renovations immediately.

“I fell in love with this area,” she said, “because of the church history.”

The complete story is in the Friday, December 8, 2017 Richmond News.

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