Cramer - Kenyon Heritage Home


Greetings from the Board of Directors of the Cramer Kenyon Home!

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Cramer Kenyon Newsletter

Thanks for your Support

Once again we want to keep you up to date our past year’s accomplishments. We also hope for your continued support, both financially, and in your visits and referrals. This year the board has voted to establish an endowment for the future of the home’s care. Mrs. Jean Kenyon Lovelace, who lived in the home as a child of the Kenyons, has given a generous donation to start this fund.  The  cupola repair and the specialty shingles  project  was completed this spring with the helpful hands of several board members, along with that a Thank You to  Doug Sall for acquiring the grant for the project.   


Many other repairs and ordinary maintenance were accomplished, as well as a major repair on the cellar door. The front porch steps have been replaced and we hope to be able to finish that project yet this  summer.

We found this old house had a leaking radiator, and after finding it too weak to be repaired, we replaced it with another beautiful old register, which is now custom painted to match. Thanks to Kent and Ruby Goeden for this donation of many hours of work. This last repair also gave us an opportunity to have parts of the floor sanded and oiled, which now look beautiful again!

1000 tulips were planted the previous fall, and they were a beautiful sight to behold in the spring! Along with the regular lawn maintenance, roses were pruned, perennials divided, and1000 annuals were planted in the beds in preparation for our guests on a summer evening in the Dorothy Jencks garden.

We will be hosting a Victorian Tea at the home sometime in September, please watch for the date to be announced, we would love to have you join us.  We did hold a Tea a year ago and it was very well received

We will be holding our annual  Christmas open house,in early December.  Remember each year the home is decorated in a different theme, The tours are a Free Will donation along with cookies and juice.  Please come and enjoy a beautiful Christmas scene. 

We are asking for your support and donations. We do our very best to secure all outside funding possible, but Yankton’s only historical home open to the public, would not be possible without your donations.

As always we invite you to come by once again and see the stick style Victorian. Unlike many homes of this vintage and style, this is in original state, exquisitely decorated by the 2 families who lived here for nearly 80 years

In 1989 South Dakota celebrated its 100th year. And in 1989, the gardens around the Cramer Kenyon home were dedicated in memory of Dorothy Jencks. Dorothy was one of the original board members of the Cramer Kenyon Home, and was devoted to the study of Yankton history. She contributed to the community in many ways, including the bicentennial committee, the historical society, D.A.R., and Questers. Dorothy also authored the book, Some Historic Homes of Yankton, Dakota Territory.


The circular rock garden to the north of the house is original, and you can see that the pink granite matches the house’s granite foundation. Here you will find junipers on standards.


The flowers that have been added were available during the Victorian era, or are native to the prairie. Look for peonies, hollyhocks, iris, lilies, hostas, baptisia, lobelia, campanula and more! This summer we hope to feature the gazebo as a focal point.


Be sure to stop by often and see what will be blooming!

We are happy to have received a couple of donations of historic value, including a hand braided rug and tea set.


Chairs of our Lives


We hope you will have a chance to see the unique Victorian wicker chair in one of the upstairs bedrooms. It is in perfect condition, and hearkens back to the days of the Cramers. It has a wicker fan woven into its design on the back of the chair. This chair, in natural color, is typical of the era. It includes ornate curls in its design with an unusual oriental flavor in the fan. Notice that is size is smaller than the chairs of today.

If you would be interested in Volunteering at the Home we would love to hear from you. 


If you would like to assist in any of our projects, please call Anne Swift at 660-7980.





We want to thank you heartily for your support!

The board of Directors of the Cramer Kenyon Heritage Home




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