The third home to be featured on this year’s PRO ON TRAC Christmas House tours is the home of Brad Stevens and Houston Walton, located at 510 Main Street, in Parsons.
The Stevens House was built in the summer of 1982 by Bill “Weasel” Stevens and Lisa Mauzy Stevens Wilfong. The house is located on the dead-end section of Main Street in Parsons. The city lot was purchased from Lisa’s parents, Paul Sr. and Ruth Mauzy, who lived directly behind the home. The house was constructed by Bill “Weasel” Stevens, his dad George “Darney” Stevens, his father-in-law Paul Mauzy Sr., and other family and friends. The Stevens’s moved into the house with their nine month-old son Brad in December of 1982 just before Christmas.
The house is a spilt level home with brown brick and cream vinyl siding. Inside the home the walls are covered with various types of solid wood paneling, which was supplied by Lisa’s grandfather, Elmer Mullenax, owner of the Mullenax Lumber Company. The house was initially built as a three bedroom and one bath home, but over time the lower level of the home was finished, and an additional bedroom/office, bathroom, and family room was added.
During the flood of 1985, Bill, Lisa, and their son Brad, housed close to 20 some friends and family who were left stranded as the flood waters destroyed their homes and the town. The house however was not harmed by the flood waters, except for a small amount of surface water in the unfinished basement.
Since 2011 the house has undergone extensive remodeling and updates done by Brad Stevens and Houston Walton. From completely gutting and remodeling the full furnished basement to adding a new covered porch to the back of the house and fenced in backyard.
The house is filled with antiques and primitives from all over West Virginia and surrounding states, as well as our local town. The barn wood that was added on the back of the house came from the old Everett Price Store and the building he used for storage that was located on Quality Hill. Over looking the back fence, you will see the tree house that was built for Brad Stevens by his grandfather Paul Mauzy Sr. in 1987. A new swimming pool was installed in 2016, with all new landscaping.
Brad and Houston co-own Hattie Jane’s Antiques and Primitives located in downtown Parsons. Many of their ideas for the home come from the interesting finds they encounter during their travels. “One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure” and you will see that as you tour the home.
The tours will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Tickets may be purchased at the Parsons Shop ‘N Save, Parsons City Hall and the Visitor’s Center in Elkins for $7 and at each of the featured locations during the tours for $10. Tickets are good at all four locations.