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Baker House gains place in history

The Samuel Baker House, built in 1882, now has its place cemented in history.

The Cracker-style house at 5744 Moog Road in Holiday has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This is the second site on the Baker property to receive such notification. The Anderson House, home to the Pasco Fine Arts Center, received the designation last year.

Ann Hildebrand, Baker House president, said the Baker property is truly a mini-cultural center, as it also houses the Centennial Park Branch Library.

Restoration on the Baker House began in 1987 with grants from the secretary of state totaling $58,000. The kitchen was added two years ago and finished in period style. Bette Farmerie was the contractor. Pasco County completely fenced the area around the house.

The Baker House has been furnished by local Quester groups and the Port Richey Museum and from donations by local residents.

The house is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For a special appointment, call 849-2131 or 849-1627.