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Before It Was “The Bell House”

Some things were never meant to remain unchanged, even in the Town Time Forgot.

At the corner of Laporte and Allegheny Avenues  stands perhaps our best example of adaptation. It has been a church, a museum, and a private residence all in the space of 100 years. Have you reinvented yourself that many times?

Col. J. Richter Jones,, Union Officer. Killed in action.at Batchelder’s Creek, NC 1863. Jones Ave. is named for him.

It all began with that Eagles Mere visionary, Judge J. Richter Jones who had already purchased the area and changed its name to “Eaglesmere.” (Yay! Much better than Lewis Lake IMHO. ) Then, with his church roots running deep–he was son and grandson of ministers–he felt it was time to add a place of worship to the community. The first minister was a Rev. Boken Oken (I am not making this up). The congregation met in a converted cottage on Laporte Ave. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire in 1872. Keep rambling....