Carmel, Ind. - For this week's edition of Your Town Friday, we're headed to Hamilton County and back in time.
The 20th Annual Carmel Clay Historical Society Holiday Home Tour starts Friday night and the old Kinzer Cabin is on this year's tour.
The Kinzer Cabin is a log cabin built in the 1800's and is the oldest structure in Clay Township. It's tucked away on Main Street just east of Keystone Avenue and easy to miss! It's been closed to the public for 45 years until now.
John Kinzer, his wife and their 7 kids lived in the cabin until they built a bigger home on the property. That home is part of the tour as well. Some of the window panes are the originals.
The deed from the original property was signed by Andrew Jackson, president at the time.
The first meeting of the Carmel Clay Historical Society took place inside the cabin 40 years ago.
Emily Ehrgott is the Society's Executive Director and she lives for bringing the old to life. In fact, she recently renovated her own old home.
"These homes are not tear downs at all!" said Ehrgott. "Anything can be renovated and fixed to your liking. I've always liked anything that is old, different and original."
"We try to make sure that Carmel connects with its past by opening homes every December."
Debbie Gangstad is co-chair of the Holiday Home Tour.
Together, Ehrgott and Gangstad want to instill a passion for the past in our future.
Money from the tour pays for sharing history with kids in area elementary schools.
"We do feel like the more kids are invested in the past, the more they're invested in our current community and that's really what our goal is," said Gangstad.
On this year's tour you'll also get to go inside the mansion owned by Scott Jones, the inventor of voicemail.
White Chapel Church is the final stop this year.
"We have a little chapel that is one of the icons in our community that people have driven by hundreds of times and now they have the chance to go in and see that sweet little place and hear a very interesting story about how it started," said Gangstad.
"This place was built with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, so you'll get a sense of the past in Carmel and you'll also get a chance to do something that you just can't do."