Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 18 newspaper on Page A5.
ZALESKI — A house in Zaleski that reportedly may have served as a meeting location for General John Hunt Morgan will now serve as an antique shop.
Marlowe’s Antiques and More, located at 128 N Second Street, opened for business Wednesday morning.
Business owners Kaitlyn and Brandon Marlowe noted they weren’t necessarily “inspired” by anything to start an antique business in Zaleski. Rather, Kaitlyn’s grandfather, Jim Woodell, owns the Zaleski house and asked them if they’d be interested in running an antique store.
“I’m very excited,” Kaitlyn Marlowe said. On top of the antique business, she is selling crafts and home decor at the Zaleski location. She will manage the shop with her young daughter, Everly, in tow.
Kaitlyn grew up in McArthur, and Brandon grew up in New Plymouth and attended elementary school in Zaleski.
The house itself has had several owners throughout its long history: it was built in 1861 by a man who came to America from German a few years prior. One of his descendants gave the house and its contents to Ohio University in 1957, and the university maintained the property until they handed it over to the Vinton County Senior Citizens Center in 1988.
Woodell and his wife, Jane, purchased the house in 2018 and began renovations. He named the parlour that possibly served as a Morgan meeting room the “Rendezvous Room.” This parlor is filled with Civil War-era antiques and other Morgan’s Raid themed items.
The antique business is not unfamiliar territory for the family, too. Woodell was once the owner of “Remember When Antiques” in McArthur.
Marlowe’s Antiques and More will be open regularly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.