In Vinton as one tours this lovely Queen Anne-style mansion, the visitor has an opportunity to learn about Victorian life, architecture, and craftsmanship. The house was built in 1893-1904 by Frank Ray, a leading businessman and entrepreneur.
The house retains many fine interior features and its original matching carriage house. Most notable among its array of exterior features is the three story corner turret. There are ten rooms, seven fireplaces, open stairway, full-floored attic on third floor, with servant’s quarters and full basement, where it is believed the meals were prepared. With the stained glass windows, leaded glass windows, and many different woods in the fireplaces, this is a beautiful house.
The home is used not only for tours, but also for special programs and events. It is especially festive in December when it is decorated with displays of collectibles from Christmases past.
On December 10, 1982 the Frank G. Ray House and Carriage House at 912 First Avenue, Vinton was entered in the National Register of Historical Places.
Admission – None
Directions – 912 First Avenue, Vinton
Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday, June – August, or by appointment
Phone – (319) 472-3955