From Money Pit to Mansion

. April 3, 2017.

At 313 East Sandusky Street sits an imposing brick manor, known simply as the Jones Mansion. Built in 1867, the structure captured the hearts of caretakers Eric and Jane VanRenterghem who, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, have worked to carefully restore it.

One volunteer, Casey Heilman, explained that many people dismissed the home as a “money pit.” To raise funds for the restoration, volunteers give tours and hold programs. Now the mansion offers a beautiful rental venue featuring many original details, including a spectacular spiral staircase. As restoration continues, volunteers now utilize the mansion to host historic-themed fundraising events.

“We tell [guests] all the time ‘this is where your money went!’” Heilman excitedly explained. “You get to see something tangible.”

At 2 pm on April 8th, the Jones Mansion will host a Time Travelers Tea Onboard the Titanic featuring recipes from menus for the Titanic’s 3rd class passengers. The event will feature music played on the ship and guests will receive the name of a passenger whose identity resembles the guest in age and gender. At the end of the event, guests will learn the fate of their passenger along with the connection between the original Jones family and the fateful ship.

Tickets are $25 and will support further restoration work. To purchase a ticket, call Leslie Lazenby Hunsberger at 419-427-6110 or drop off your request and payment in the locked dropbox at the Jones Mansion 313 E. Sandusky St. in Findlay.