- The Ivy House was built
in 1921 by Jess E. Ferrell, M.D. a prominent doctor from Maxwell, IN. He
chose this site because it was the highest elevation point in Fortville.
- The house directly behind
the Ivy House was originally in the current Ivy House location. The doctor
moved it to its location behind the Ivy House to make room for his
- The Noltes are the fifth and
longest occupants, occupying the home from 1980 to date. After long dreaming
of the idea, they decided in 2000 to make the home a Bed and Breakfast .
- In the mid 1980's a bit
of this interesting history was found in the attic in the form of portions
of old gaming tables. Apparently, at one
point in its early years the basement was used to store illegal gambling
- Over the years Jim has
begun a large collection of antique doors that
he has taken enormous efforts to refinish and place throughout the Ivy
House. Each varies in age with the oldest being 142 years old.
- In 1999, the home was
selected to be one of the homes on the Historic Home Tour for the
Fortville Sesquicentennial. Also
included was the home on the lot adjacent to the Ivy House, which is also
owned by the Noltes.
- There have been many more
stories told about the Ivy House, that add to its character and charm.
Strolling about the town you are likely to encounter some in speaking to the
residents of Fortville, if not, Jim and Linda will be happy to share
the Ivy House with amazement about it's beautiful collection of restored antique
doors. Here is a sampling of what you will find at the Ivy House.