Jaren and Jamie Tubaugh grew up in Appanoose County — Jaren on a farm in Moravia and Jamie on a farm in Exline. With frequent visits to the county seat, the two could not help but notice the large, ornate house across from the old post office on Maple Street.
“We were attracted to the Fenton home because of its beauty, history and location,” says Jamie. “We love antiques, and the home features beautiful antique woodworking throughout, beautiful wooden pocket doors, trim, shutters, built-in cupboards and a beautiful staircase.” The 3,100-square-foot house has hardwood floors and two working gas fireplaces.
“We have replaced some windows,” says Jamie. “But the stained glass windows remain and have been preserved.”
The house was built in 1885 by Bartholomew and Jane Fenton and was owned by the Fenton family for more than 100 years and five generations. The last Fenton occupant was Edwyna Payton Fenton, who passed away in 1994. In 1995 the house was purchased by Morgan Cline, who had it restored. The Tubaughs bought the house in 2002.
“We have not done too many things to the inside of the home,” says Jaime. “Most of the changes are on the outside, with the exception of the windows. We have added a lot of colored cement, an unattached deck and fire pit and a new all-weather front porch.
“We have done a lot of landscaping. Sadly, we have had to remove a lot of trees due to their age, stability, weather and for safety. We had more than 50 trees on the property before we removed a few. Hard to believe there could be that many.”
The barn built behind the house is long gone, but the carriage house remains and is home to one of Tubaugh’s children, Molly, her husband Andrew Felton and their son, Bentley.
The Tubaughs have two other children, Brennon, his wife Lisa and son Bowen who will be returning to Centerville this year, and Brody, a pastor in Carson and Treynor.
“We love to entertain,” says Jamie. “Our yard, driveway and deck have been the location of many family and friend get-togethers. We have hosted birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, wedding and baby showers and family reunions. Pancake Day is a great time at our home,” Jamie says. “Family and friends stop by all day and visit.”
The Fenton house has become the Tubaugh home.