200 years of change. The top of the new Northwest Savings building can be seen from the Tybout House on Market Street. No one knows for sure when this wood frame structure was built but Warren is home to numerous "little houses" built in the early 1800's. The house is named after one of its original occupants who was a popular author in her day. Some Warren County residents can still remember attending tea with the author in the Victorian garden which adjoins the house. It was originally located next door to its present location but was moved from the corner of Second Avenue and Market Street.
It's an old house. It did not have central heating, but there is a fireplace in the two main rooms on the first floor and the two bedrooms on the second floor. Close inspection of the front shows that the porch was added later. If you can imagine the house without its porch you can time travel back to Warren's earliest days. And most of Warren's "little houses" were probably painted white. You can see two other examples of these "little houses" at the corner of Liberty and Third streets and next door to the Warren Post Office.
Ella Middleton Tybout was best known for her book, The Wife of the Secretary of State, but she wrote several others and was a frequent contributor to popular magazines. One of her books, called Poketown People: Or Parables In Black (1904), relates perceptions of African Americans in her day. She makes an heroic attempt to capture the dialect of her characters, but just ended up making a book that is almost entirely unreadable. She was originally from Delaware and most likely a descendant of French Hugenots. More info on Ella Tybout (pronounced "tie-bow") here.
The house is about a block from the Warren Public Library and there is no parking. Might make a great book store. I think the asking price is $149,900. Some fear this may just become a parking lot if no one buys it.
photos by Chris Lareau
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