November 17, 2013
UNION COUNTY — The Union County Health Care Foundation is sponsoring the Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4-7 p.m.
This year’s stops include The Gibson Home, The Martin Home, The J. Hay Fant House, The Dawkins House, and The Church of the Nativity. This week’s spotlight is…
Home of John & Dianne Martin
114 Martin Road, Union
The ranch-style home of John and Dianne Martin was constructed in 1977. It sits on 40 acres of land in the Sumter National Forest area of Union County. Deer can be seen watering at a 3-acre, fully stacked pond on the property at all times of the year.
The great room of the home showcases a massive stone fireplace that reaches the cathedral height ceiling. The addition of a three-seasons porch right off the great room makes the area prime space to while-away a winter evening with family and friends. For spring, summer and early fall evenings, an outdoor fireplace with sitting and dining areas is another favorite place just to sit and enjoy the outdoors.
The owners have lovingly put their time and talents into their home. John, a skilled woodworker, has built cabinets and others furniture pieces for the home. John has restored an antique mantel taken from one of the homes in the Evins Street area of Spartanburg during the Wofford College expansion. The mantle and surround are in the den of the home.
Dianne has designed and made each window treatment in the home. The home also contains a large number of her oil paintings as well as those of other artists she has studied with over the course of 20 years. Several of the wood pieces made by John have been pointed on by Dianne: a bread box, quilt rack and old-timey trunk to name a few.
Creativity must have a place to bloom and grow. John can be found working on wood projects or getting two vintage vehicles ready for the next car show at his shop which is about 20 yards from the home. The two vintage vehicles are a 1971 Chevrolet Pickup and a 1938 Chevy Coupe.
Dianne’s art/embroidery/quilting studio is located directly opposite the drive to the home. Sewing and quilting enthusiasts will find the long-arm quilting machine with computerized enhancements a fascination. Along with the many different embroidery machines and sergers is a collection of Singer Featherweight sewing machines from the early 1940’s along with a Singer Treadle type machine that John has restored. Don’t forget the art! There is still plenty of “on-progress” and finished pieces always on display.
Attendee’s to this year’s tour of homes should enjoy the addition of the shop tours.
Directions: Take Highway 49 West towards Cross Keys/Cross Anchor for approximately 6 miles. Lower Fairforest Baptist Church will be seen on the right. Past the church, approximately one mile is bishop Road, which will be to your left (if you get to Tyger River, you’ve gone too far). One mile down Bishop Road is Kingsmore Road. Kingsmore Road merges to the right onto Martin Rd.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Wallace Thomson Hospital, WBCU Radio Station, Paradise Home Center, Midway BBQ, and Lockhart Cafe.