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Chubb House brings history to life in Fairmont

October 22, 2012
Jodelle Greiner , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - It's a piece of Fairmont's history, but also very much part of its present.

The Chubb House, located at 209 Lake Avenue, is still used by the Martin County Preservation Association for several public events during the year, like the stew dinner members hosted Saturday night.

The brick house was built in 1867, using clay from the banks of Buffalo Lake in Martin County, according to the brochure published by the preservation association. It is the oldest brick house still standing in the city, and it still has the original floor, windows and glass.

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Jane Fullerton of the Martin County Preservation Association, serves visitors in the 1930s addition to the Chubb House on Lake Avenue in Fairmont Saturday as part of the group’s annual stew dinner.

There used to be two brick foundries in Fairmont, noted Mary Don Kislingbury, a preservation association member.

"And the fact the bricks were made in Fairmont, we're all so fond of it and love welcoming people to it," she said.

A room was added to the south around 1900 and another addition was built onto the back of the house in the 1930s, according to the MCPA women who served historical information along with the meal.

Dr. Orville P. Chubb was a surgeon during the Civil War, and after it ended, he brought his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Lottie, to Fort Fairmount - where the Martin County Courthouse stands now. The Chubbs' son, Montier, was born here. In addition to being a doctor, Chubb was a surveyor and helped plat out the townsite of Fairmont.

Interestingly, both the Chubb family and the second owner, G.L. Livermore, operated the house as an inn, serving food to weary travelers.

The stew dinner is prepared at the Chubb House, and it's all homemade, right down to the applesauce - the fruit comes from the apple tree in the back yard.

"We do it every year and enjoy doing it, and it's an old-fashioned meal, hopefully somewhat close to when the Chubbs lived here," Kislingbury said.

The organization also hosts several teas throughout the year. The money raised from these events helps maintain and restore the Chubb House. The next event is a tea and bake sale on Dec. 1.

Anyone wanting to attend can call the Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-657-3282 or the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce at (507) 235-5547 or by mail at:

Martin County Preservation Association

P.O Box 555

Fairmont, MN 56031.

There is a limited amount of room in the house. Tours are available upon request.

 
 

 

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