The Randleman House 245 Pennsylvania, Carlisle, IA
The house at the top of the hill on Penn was built for the Randleman family in 1907.The builder was E. F. Keeney.
With 6 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful ornamental fretwork, a ballroom with a fireplace and modern gas lighting this home was considered one of the finest in Warren County.
With funds donated to us from the estates of Mary Adams and Ewing Lanning we purchased this home in 2007. The main floor has been completed and is used for community gatherings and cultural and educational events. We hold a breakfast on the 4th Sat. and a Sunday dinner on the first Sunday (check the calendar). Any other time if you see workers there, please stop in. We love to show off our hard work. As renovations progress the house will be available to tour on a regularly scheduled basis.
The second floor of the home contains display areas as well as our society's office. We plan to have a rotating display of artifacts and pictures from the local area as well as items which highlight the lives and ancestors of our benefactors. Mary Adam's grandfather, Robert NIcholson, was the first mayor of Carlisle. He was a prosperous businessman and owned a large mill on School Street near the railroad. Artifacts and household items from his life will be on display, including an original flour sack from the mill.
No renovations are being done on the third (attic) floor at this time but plans for it's future use are being discussed. One of the possibilities is a study area where local historical and genealogical records can be available for study.
Many of our educational and fund-raising events are held at the property which includes almost ¾ acre of lawn.
The main floor of this elegant home is available to rent for small weddings, receptions and dinners. We can easily accomodate 35 guests for dinner. Food can be catered in or arrangements can be made with the ladies of the society to prepare a delicious meal.
Several times per year we hold Victorian-style teas. Menus include dainty sandwiches and elegant desserts served on fine china. We have a wonderful collection of porcelin tea cups in many patterns and colors. The Victorian Christmas tea is the highlight of the holiday season! Dates of future events will be posted in the upcoming events page. E-mail our events coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-989-0210.