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 The home of Jim and Shelley Hamby

Rumors claim the home of Jim and Shelley Hamby, built in 1939 at 405 N. Crown Point Dr., once was a bootlegger’s home.

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 The home of Jerry and LaVonda Jones

Completed in 2010, the home of Jerry and LaVonda Jones, 312 Larsh Lane, is adjacent to a golf course and has an outdoor kitchen and beautifully landscaped backyard.

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 The home of Chad and Shawna Lancaster

Chad and Shawna Lancaster chose a contemporary style for their home and furnishings. Completed two years ago, the home is located at 12864 CR 3575.Area residents have an opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening during the holidays by participating in the third annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
Four unique and beautifully decorated homes in the Ada area will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 [MONDAY]. Participants also can enjoy refreshments prepared by Ada High School’s culinary arts program, Cougar Catering, at East Central University’s Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
The tour will feature the homes of Jim and Shelley Hamby, 405 N. Crown Point Dr.; Jerry and LaVonda Jones, 312 Larsh Lane; Chad and Shawna Lancaster, 12864 CR 3575; and Bronson and Allene Warren, 18021 CR 1558.
The Hamby home is a historic home, built in 1939 by Dr. J.A. Rutledge. The exterior stone was mined at a quarry near Fittstown. The home is rather infamous, as it was rumored to be a bootlegger’s home, and according, to the Hambys, there may be some truth to the rumor because there is a secret hiding room in the basement.
Located in a unique neighborhood adjacent to the golf course, the Jones home was completed in 2010 and includes many custom details, including a workout room and theatre room. Designed for entertaining, the home also features an outdoor kitchen and beautifully landscaped backyard.
The Lancaster home was completed two years ago and is contemporary in style. The modern furnishings, as well as the sleek design, truly project a 21st century home.
“You won’t find another one like it in Ada,” said Cheryl Bell, coordinator of ECU’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agency.
Also built for entertaining, the Warren Home incorporates a Tuscan design. The covered patio features an outdoor fireplace with several sitting areas. The inside opens to a formal living and dining area. The spacious home also includes a master bedroom/bathroom suite, his-and-her offices and a family room surrounding a circular open kitchen and breakfast area.
Maps will be provided when tickets are purchased. Two ticket options are available: $10 for the tour on your own or $15 for the tour with transportation provided. For those wanting transportation, buses will leave at 5:15 p.m. from the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center and take participants to each home.
Others may tour the homes in any order between 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, 209 W. Main, Arvest Bank, Vision Bank and many downtown merchants, or by calling East Central University at 559-5873.
“As a courtesy to our homeowners, we are requesting no children under the age of 11 and that no photographs are taken in the homes,” Bell said.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the children of Ada through Project Invest. Project Invest is a program of ECU’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agency and Smart Start South Central, designed to increase community awareness and support of local child care programs.
In Ada 26 child care centers and family child care homes care for approximately 1,000 children each day while their parents work or attend school. Funds raised from the tour will be used to provide resources to enhance the early learning experiences for Ada’s youngest citizens.

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