Two of Pontiac’s most historic homes will be open to the public on Saturday, May 25th as part of the Heritage Days festival and a visit by the Franklin Car Club. The Yost House Museum will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a special presentation of a traditional “Bed Turning” taking place beginning at 1:30 PM. A “Bed Turning” is a display of quilts with each quilt’s story being told as the quilt is examined. The Yost House has dozens of quilts on display and the stories behind their creation are fascinating. The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac. According to Donovan Gardner, one of the members of the Livingston County Historic Society who serves as a docent at the house, “We gathered quilts from all around the county. Some are old, some are newer, but each one is unique and has a distinctive story to tell. The bed turning will be a first for the Yost House and we hope that people will come to see this traditional quilt display.”
The Jones House, Pontiac’s oldest brick home, will be open on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Jones house was completed in 1858, and has been restored both inside and out. The Livingston County Historic Society oversees the house, and has furnished it with appropriate period furniture. Docents will be at the Jones House to help interpret the home’s history.
Admission to both homes is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and are used to maintain the structures and their historic contents. For more information, contact Ellie Alexander at (815) 844-5847.