Ted Reese is proud of his Plymouth Borough homestead at 22 E. Shawnee Ave. and borough leaders are, too.
Reese, 58, and his family were honored Wednesday with the inaugural Mary Barrett Historical Home Award named after a borough woman murdered in 2021.
“We are very honored,” Reese said prior to Wednesday’s borough council meeting, where he was recognized.
Reese’s parents, Harry and Muriel Reese, bought the Victorian home in 1954 for $7,500.
“We respect it. We love it. We maintain the original woodwork,” Reese said.
The property, which was built in the 1880s, was originally a five-bedroom home, but was converted to three bedrooms after a fire in the early 1900s.
Members of Reese’s family ran a funeral home in Plymouth for approximately 100 years.
The historical home award was named after Mary Barrett, an Air Force veteran and mother slain by her husband in their Gaylord Avenue home.
“The Mary Barrett Historical Home Award was an idea that the Plymouth Planning Agency developed to celebrate the historical homes of Plymouth Borough while honoring the legacy of our friend, Mary Barrett, who was one the planning agency’s founding members,” Councilwoman Alexis Eroh said. “She was proud to live in Plymouth and saw the potential that a small town such as ours has to offer Luzerne County. She was also proud of the meticulous restoration and decoration of her own historic home which sits on Gaylord Avenue and was a testament to her passion and dedication.”
Eroh said the Reese family home “exemplifies the qualities that Mary celebrated in Plymouth’s rich history.”
“The Reese family has maintained the grandeur and historic detail with great pride over the years and is well-deserving to be the first recipient of this award,” Eroh said.