Those who rent a booth at the Gahanna Historical Society's Flea Market can support a historic settlement.

Kari Hawk, director of the Gahanna Flea Market, said booths still are available for the Sept. 30 market that is returning to the heart of Gahanna on Mill Street.

"The money that we raise from booth fees will all go toward keeping this house (the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast), as well as our other two historic homes, operating and looking beautiful," she said.

The Gahanna Historical Society, 101 High St., invites residents, their families and visitors to its historic settlement that is home to the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast, the John Clark House and the Log House.

The Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast, 106 S. High St., which the historical society owns and operates, can be rented by the room for $100 per night, with the entire house available at $300 per night.

"We have recently renovated this house, and we're still working on it," Hawk said. "We're still hoping to gain some more funds."

In the early 1900s, the bed and breakfast was built and owned by the Stone family, Hawk said.

"That's where we get the name Lily Stone," she said. "A lady by the name of Lily Stone lived in this house."

Lillian Stone was from one of Gahanna's founding families, which had a carriage-making shop on Mill Street, according to historical society records.

Her husband, "Sim" Stone, was mayor of Gahanna in 1916 and 1917.

They built the house circa 1900, and the Stone family occupied it for about 80 years, records state.

"This house is very much the way it was back in (Lily's) day," Hawk said. "We haven't added or taken away any structural items.

"We have some beautiful antiques in the house. The glass is all original. We've updated the interior. This is a bed and breakfast, and we do need to operate it in a modern fashion, so people will come and stay here," she said.

Local residents who have visitors from out of town and might not have enough room should keep the bed and breakfast in mind, Hawk said.

It has three guest rooms on the second floor, two full baths and two half baths.

The house also features a parlor room with television, Wi-Fi and games on the main floor. Its dining room can seat eight guests.

"The Gahanna Historical Society has been working at this house and the other structures for well over 40 years," Hawk said. "The master (bedroom) is one of our favorite rooms. It's a beauty."

She said the house features all new bedding, all new paint and beautiful antiques.

"We're really proud of it," she said. "It's very comfortable."

Nancy McGregor, chairwoman of historical society board, said the house was rented earlier this year by a guest from British Columbia, who visited Gahanna to get a tattoo at American Crow Tattoo.

"He was getting a leg-sleeve tattoo based on 'Lord of the Rings,' " McGregor said.

She said the recent renovations of the house began as a result of a leak in the dining- room ceiling.

Bryan Cunningham, owner of the Cunningham Fix of Westerville, repaired the ceiling free of charge.

McGregor said Dave Wuelfing of Custom Air in Gahanna also donated services for heating and air-conditioning work at the house.

"I scour online auctions," said McGregor, the head liaison of Lily Stone. "I put on Facebook that we were looking for a TV and a TV was donated."

Her husband, Jim, former mayor of Gahanna, is the historical society's president.

"Jim and I have been members a long time," she said. "Jim always fixes things. He has replaced screen doors and light fixtures."

Hawk said all the money raised at the flea market goes toward saving and maintaining the house, as well as the John Clark House and the Log House.

Vendor applications for the flea market can be found at gahannahistory.com, and will be accepted until Sept. 23 or until spaces are filled.

The goal is 100 vendors lined up and down Mill Street, Hawk said.

"There will be a lot of handmade items," she said.

Some of the vendors signed up include Dexter Art Pottery, Honey Grove Botanicals and Engineering for Kids, as well as dealers who will sell repurposed furniture, sports memorabilia, fairy houses and wooden signs.

Hawk said several booths will feature Gahanna service organizations or special interests, such as the city of Gahanna, fire safety and a local author sharing memories of Gahanna.

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 on Mill Street.

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