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Inverness in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

J. K. Kelly House

 
 
J. K. Kelly House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
1. J. K. Kelly House Marker
Inscription. This two story wood frame Colonial Revival style residence features a beautiful verandah best suited for socializing on warm summer evenings was built in 1903, by James Keels Kelley. According to a 1936 Citrus County Chronicle article, J.K. Kelley was a County Commissioner (when Citrus and Hernando were one county), and a school board member. J.K. Kelley and Bonnie were married in Inverness, on November 26, 1902. Mr. Kelley was a mason, and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church where his wife was a charter member. He served on the Inverness City Council from 1923 to 1927. It seems Mr. Kelley is best remembered for his management of a turpentine still located at the southern end of town. The vast acreage of pine forests in Citrus County made it ideal for the turpentine industry. Prisoners were leased from the state as laborers in some stills. Pine sap was collected at the base of the tree, distilled, and stored in barrels for shipment. In the 1890s a barrel of turpentine brought about $3.00, and was an important ingredient in varnish, paint, soap, explosives, ointments and even medicine. For a period of time, Mrs. Kelley operated “The Palm Rest Tourist Home” in the house. Sun rooms were added on the east side of the second floor for more space. Mr. and Mrs. Kelley lived in this house until it was purchased by Edward and
J. K. Kelly House Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
2. J. K. Kelly House Marker (wide view)
Margaret Butts in 1961, when they relocated from Paducah, Kentucky. The Butts' described Inverness as “The Garden of Eden” when they settled with their two children, Mike and Suzanne. Mr. and Mrs. Butts, and later their son Mike, operated the Shell Gas Station across the street for 40 years, and remember many changes to Main Street, from a sleepy little town to a busy 4-lane commercial area. Edward Butts died in 1997, and his son Mike continues to run the tire and vehicle maintenance business in the Inverness area. At the time of this plaque dedication, “Miss Margaret” remains active in her church, volunteers at the 1912 Historic Courthouse, and takes pride in her home as one of the few remaining on Main Street.
May 2007
City of Invernss

 
Erected 2007 by City of Inverness, Florida.
 
Location. 28° 50.169′ N, 82° 20.076′ W. Marker is in Inverness, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on West Main Street (Gulf to Lake Highway) (State Road 44) west of North Osceola Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 West Main Street, Inverness FL 34450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
J. K. Kelly House Verandah image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
3. J. K. Kelly House Verandah
markers are within walking distance of this marker. R. O. Hicks House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Inverness Woman's Club (about 400 feet away); The George Carter House (about 500 feet away); The Bank of Inverness (approx. 0.2 miles away); Citizens Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dickenson Grocery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Inverness Masonic Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dime Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Also see . . .  J. K. Kelly House. J.K. and Bonnie Kelley were married in Inverness on November 26, 1902. In 1903, James Keels Kelley built this two story, wood frame colonial revival-style residence, where it still stands today. It featured a beautiful verandah, which was best suited for socializing on warm summer evenings. (Submitted on November 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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J. K. Kelly House (<i>southeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
4. J. K. Kelly House (southeast corner view)
J. K. Kelly House (<i>east side sun rooms</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
5. J. K. Kelly House (east side sun rooms)
J. K. Kelly House (<i>wide view from across West Main Street; marker visible at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
6. J. K. Kelly House (wide view from across West Main Street; marker visible at left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 26 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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