LIBERTY — If you’ve ever taken a drive down Main Street in Liberty, chances are this little house has caught your eye: red, white and blue — and decked out for all seasons.
Known affectionately as “the prettiest house in Liberty” by local residents, the house has been photographed countless times by visitors and locals alike. But for the past 35 years, Janie and Waldon Entrekin have known the house by a different name: home.
“It’s in need of some more landscaping, we’re working on putting out some more mulch now, it needs to come up the sides and into the front — it just got so hot,” said Janie. “But it’s just like any home, there’s always something that needs done.”
Despite the house’s popularity, the couple, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February, insist they don’t have a favorite part.
“We just enjoy it all,” she said.
Although the house was built in 1920, the Entrekins haven’t always owned it. The couple, retired textile workers by trade, moved into what was originally just a one story house back in 1982.
When asked if they were surprised at people’s interest in their home, Janie laughed.
“People stop all the time if we’re out there working,” she said. “We see people across the street taking pictures, or people driving by will give us a thumbs-up. Sometimes people pull right on up and they always say the same thing: ‘We look at this house every time we come by.’”
There was even one time where a couple — strangers to the Entrekins — asked if they could have their Christmas card photographs taken on the porch, laughed Nancy, the couple’s daughter.
So … Did you let them?
“Of course! And, they sent us a card that Christmas,” said Janie.
Nancy also said a yard sale they held back in May drew quite the crowd, but that she suspected more people came just to get a peek at the house.
The house is situated right across the street from the The Liberty Bell restaurant, but the Entrekins insist they don’t mind facing a business.
“They close one week out of the year and that place just looks so quiet and sad when it’s not full of people,” Janie said. “No, I like having them right there.”
Traditionally known for its red, white and blue decor, Janie says she likes to keep it current with the holidays.
“We just like the patriotic thing but we change with every season usually,” she said. “We’ll go with Fall in late August and then of course Christmas.”
Janie added that she likes to also decorate with “a little something” for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
So remember, the next time you’re driving down Main Street and catch a glimpse of Janie and Waldon hard at work on their yard, give them a smile, a wave for a job well done.
Or, as Janie prefers, a thumbs-up.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.