204 West Third Street, Perryville, KY

A little visit to Perryville, KY during the 2013 reenactment of the Battle of Perryville revealed a mystery sitting abandoned on West Third Street.

Side view, from the east looking west.
Side view, from the east looking west.
View from the front lawn.
View from the front lawn.

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Right/west side of the house.
Right/west side of the house.
Directly across the street where an old barn sits.
Directly across the street where an old barn sits.
Curiosity calls.  A look-see in the right front window (west side of the house).
Curiosity calls. A look-see in the right front window (west side of the house).
Right/west side of the house, looking toward the center of the home where an old fireplace sits.
Right/west side of the house, looking toward the center of the home where an old fireplace sits.
View looking east across the front steps.
View looking east across the front steps.
Front door and documentation of the address.
Front door and documentation of the address.
A look inside the left/east side of the house from the window (broken).  Note the original mantles and trim against the fireplace.
A look inside the left/east side of the house from the window (broken). Note the original mantles and trim against the fireplace.
A peek at the side of the house and an open basement door.  Tempting for sure, but not worth the risk in a very public and bustling downtown.
A peek at the side of the house and an open basement door. Tempting for sure, but not worth the risk in a very public and bustling downtown.
The back and left sides of the house (facing south and east, respectively).  Note the fact that the back of the house is covered with thin sheets of wood and the original siding is gone.
The back and left sides of the house (facing south and east, respectively). Note the fact that the back of the house is covered with thin sheets of wood and the original siding is gone.
Upper window, chimney line confirming two separate central fireplaces--likely corresponding to two fireplaces in the upstairs based on the construction.
Upper window, chimney line confirming two separate central fireplaces–likely corresponding to two fireplaces in the upstairs based on the construction.

The history of this interesting home, you may ask?  I’ll admit, what’s available on the web is meager.

The Google Maps image of the house is a June 2013 image and taken close to the same time the photos in this blog were taken, so the condition is similar.  Furthermore, the realty websites I found didn’t give a date of construction or whether the home was originally a single-family or multiple-family dwelling, though one site in particular did provide a 2009 photo of the home, which betrayed just how much the place had fallen apart over the course of about 4 years.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/204-W-3rd-St_Perryville_KY_40468_M48603-28542?source=web
204 W Third

Another interesting tidbit from this same site: in April 2009, the house sold for $58,000.  About a month later in May 2009, the house is once again for sale–this time for a mere $8,900.  What caused the price to drop nearly $50,000 in the course of a month?  It’s anybody’s guess, and an answer to a mystery that will likely remain unknown.

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4 thoughts on “204 West Third Street, Perryville, KY

  1. It was discovered after purchase the foundation and sills were shot. The house has been disassembled and secured for future rebuilding.

    It was owned by a black laundress, who also sold pies on Merchant’s Row in the 19th c. One day the street was raided by guerilla Sue Mundy (I think), and one of the brigands stole her purse. She claimed poverty to the leader, who returned it to her. She was a wealthy woman who worked hard for what she had. I’m sorry I don’t know her name, a friend had researched the property in the courthouse and told me this tale.

    Merchant’s Row resident

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