Marion County Families

The Home of Sarah Maxwell McElroy

Contributed By: Deb Shillo

PINEVIEW - McElroy home currently Maple Hill 1848 -1851 house built

The Greek revival style of architecture was introduced in Kentucky in 1830 and from then until the Civil War devastated the economic stature of the people, it was the most popular plan for building the mansion.  The style emphasized and awareness of space; it led to the opening up of interiors, double parlors were separated by double sliding doors, interior wall paneling went out of fashion, panels in doors became fewer and larger, chair railing was eliminated and baseboards became heavy, often attaining a height of eighteen inches .

Thomas I. McElroy had knowledge of this style of architecture for the beautiful house he built in the early 1850's is a fine example of the design.  He chose the proper site of a house of this type--"mansions of the Greek Revival period were set on hills in order that they might BE viewed", the slaves made and fired the brick, the huge yellow poplar and walnut trees were felled, stacked in racks to season for about two years and then was sawed and made into doors, mantels, windows, etc., and the great house took shape, Thomas I. McElroy and his wife Sarah Maxwell McElroy established the tradition of lavish entertaining here and maintained it until their deaths.  They were survived by three children:  Mary L. who married George F. Anderson and went to Boyle Co., to hake her home;   Eunice married Harry Morrison O'Nan and they built a frame Victorian house near the site of the old homestead house built by William McElroy who is buried under a slab type monument on the place.  This land is still owned by the O'Nans.  William H. McElroy inherited the "big brick" and in 1880 married Miss Ella Lee.

Note:  Eunice McElroy's marriage to H. M. O'Nan took place before the mantel in the parlor.  The house and farm sold out of the family first to Wm. L. Smith, followed by R. H Edelen, A. H. Robertson, Frank Simms, Michael Simms and others until in 1971 Mr. and Mrs. Smith bought the place and undertook a major renovation of the interior.  Article Springfield Sun October 1977


 Kentucky Heritage Council

State Historic Preservation Office

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

May 5 1983




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