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Home tour will feature historic ranch house

by Laurie Hickey

One of the special houses on this year’s Genoa Area Home and Garden Tour is the Corley Ranch, a lovely, large craftsman-styled home built for Wallace and Maggie Park in 1911.

Wallace purchased other property wherever there was water and feed in the area, including Friday’s Station at Stateline, Lake Tahoe, for summer cattle pasture. Today, his descendants operate Park Land and Cattle Co. and the beautiful Edgewood Golf Course, and they still pasture cattle in the summer near Friday’s Station.

Wallace and Maggie Park eventually made Friday’s Station at Edgewood their home, and daughter Margaret and husband Bob Pruett made the Carson Valley ranch their home.

The Corleys recently purchased the Pruett home and ranch and have been busy redecorating the house. The dining room and living rooms have been decorated in a Country Western style. The dining room features a large antler chandelier, hardwood floors and Western wallpaper border.

The large living room features leather and pine furniture and other Western pieces.

The kitchen is modern, with oak cabinets, a large bar and even a walk-in freezer, which is ideal for cattle country.

The downstairs bath has its original 1950s tile. A den, master bedroom with window seat and modern tiled bath make up the downstairs.

The upstairs features three large bedrooms with hardwood floors and large closets, unusual for a house of that time period. A cute, little nursery is home to a teddy bears collection.

The bedrooms are all decorated in pastels, with pine and antique furniture. The large upstairs bath, formerly a bedroom, features a claw-footed tub, pedestal sink and antique fixtures.

The 1897 cook shack and grounds with wagons, stagecoaches and many other Western items are available to view.

The Corleys have made the ranch an events center for weddings, parties, reunions, etc., and are constructing a large arena for Western events.

This is only one of the 14 sites on the 1999 Genoa Area Home and Garden Tour. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce in Gardnerville; Winans Furniture in Minden; the Genoa Court House Museum, Antiques Plus and Laura Springs Antiques in Genoa; Heart and Home Framing Gallery, Marlo’s Wine and Medicap Pharmacy in Carson City; Mark Twain Bookstore in Virginia City; Patricia’s Antiques in the Round Hill Shopping Center at Lake Tahoe; and the Victorian Antique Emporium in Sparks.

For more information, call 782-2893 or 782-4951.