AUSTINTOWN Members of the Austintown Historical Society have spent the past weeks decorating the historical Strock Stone House, 7171 Mahoning Ave., for a holiday open house to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Joyce Pogany, president of the society, said the group has taken care of the house for 20 years, and each year decorates the rooms for the Christmas holiday season.
''We have Christmas decorated everywhere. People are amazed at all we have here,'' she said.
Volunteers will be on hand to lead tours and answer questions about the home and its contents.
The house was constructed in 1831 by William Strock and later became the home of Judge William Anderson from 1890 to 1925.
Pogany said the original home was constructed of sandstone by Strock.
''The Strock family lived here for a long time and then the Anderson family moved in. After they left, the house was empty for a long time. Judge Anderson added to the house and many famous people, including presidents, such as William McKinley, are said to have visited,'' Pogany said.
She said the Anderson family added on and turned the home ''into a showcase for Austintown.''
In 1930, the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District purchased the home.
Pogany said there is one remaining barn on the property. The land where the home sits is known as Conifer Hill because of the many pine and conifer trees growing there.
Pogany said many Strock family items are in the home, including a wedding dress and a photo of the family.
''Most of the items we have in the home have been donated,'' she said.
She said the society's board of directors meets once a month to plan such events as a holiday tea held in November with another set for spring 2014.
Throughout the year, different groups come to the home, including third-grade students from the Austintown schools. Local scouts have also come to the home and one scout completed an Eagle project telling of the history of the pipe organ, which is a main attraction in the house.
In addition to the house, the historical society also takes care of the log cabin at 3797 South Raccoon Road.
The house is open from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month with free tours. For information, call 330-799-8051.