Duo breathing new life into Maylon House
MILTON -- When Jenny Thompson was little, she went to a lot of big family weddings in Michigan. They were the kind of events with huge crowds and a lot of planning and effort put into them, and at her young age, she thought maybe you had to go to Michigan to have that kind of wedding.
She eventually learned that you didn't, but she did later come to realize that venues for large weddings and other celebrations are somewhat limited in this area.
But as of this year, there is a new one, and Thompson is one of the women behind it.
She with the help of lifelong friend Cathy Daniel have formed C & J Events, which operates a newly renovated historic home in Milton, the Maylon House. The 1923 home, which sits along U.S. 60 west of the downtown intersection, was most previously opened as TerraSalis garden center but once was the home to the family of Dr. Lon Morrison, a physician with a successful practice in the region. He had an office in the house.
It was home to his family for three generations, and the name "Maylon House" was the result of combining the middle name of his wife with his first name.
Thompson, who works as a secretary at Beverly Hills Middle School after 23 years in the school system, is planning to retire in the next year or so and decided to embark on this new project after hearing that the house was for sale last year. She also has worked in real estate, but decided to put that on hold during this new venture.
Not only is she excited to dive into her lifelong interest in event-planning, but she and Daniel are happy to celebrate the history.
"What's been very nice is (preserving) the history of the place," said Daniel, who along with Thompson is from Barboursville. "People come up and say, 'I was born in that room,' or such-and-such about the house. There's a lot of history there with people in Milton because he was their doctor."
Morrison's granddaughter, Sara Bledsoe, said she couldn't be happier with the new establishment.
"I am so happy they're doing something like that with it," she said. "I loved growing up there. I really appreciated what TerraSalis did, but this is more appropriate."
It's taken a lot of work to restore it, with many hours put in by the women and their families. Whether painting, pulling weeds, cleaning up the original sink or turning the garage into a little tavern, the crew has been hard at it since January, and is starting by hosting smaller events. They plan to build a grand ballroom that will seat 300 behind the house. It's expected to be completed by late summer, Thompson said.
They tried to preserve as many of the original features of the home as possible, Thompson said. The windows are original, and the floors have been refinished, as well as keeping details like the original doorknobs, which were taken to Brassmasters in Central City for restoration. New drywall was put on the ceilings and new light fixtures were added in some rooms.
The house features parlors for small parties, as well as upstairs rooms decorated for brides and bridesmaids preparing for a wedding. The new facility will include rooms for grooms and groomsmen.
It's open for weddings, corporate parties, showers, and parties for birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, book clubs and more.
Catering will be provided by Natonya Alexander, who ran and cooked for the Conversation Cafe, which was open for a few years in Barboursville in the past decade. She plans to provide all fresh, unique meals for all occasions whether dinners, light dinners or lunches, along with a variety of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, soups and more. Clients also can bring in other licensed caterers if they choose.
For rent will be the whole house, single parlors, the Morrison Grand Ballroom, Jukes Tavern or all facilities and grounds together. Prices range from just $100 for a single parlor used for a weekday daytime event, to $2,500 for the whole property for eight hours on a Friday or Saturday.
It's intended to provide a clean, classy, unique venue for parties of all sizes. Thompson said she's learned a lot from going to many weddings over the years, and said her own daughter chose to get married in Cincinnati because she couldn't find the type of venue she wanted in this area.
Even before their ballroom is completed, their weekends are getting booked quickly. Only one weekend remains for next May and for next June, Thompson said.
Learn more about the Maylon House at www.themaylonhouse.com or by calling 304-390-0084.
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