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Historic House Burns in Mineola

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Arson investigation is underway at Magnolia House Restaurant
The Hart Magnolia House, one of Mineola's most prominent historic residences, burned almost to the ground early on November 25th. Mineola Fire Marshal David Madsen told The Gazette the fire is being investigated as a case of arson.
The house, close to the historic downtown area on North Johnson Street, had a long history as a Mineola landmark. It was built in 1906 by Barney Hart, a lawyer. His daughter, Polly, and her husband, Dr. F.T. Peterson, then occupied the home for many years.
Following their deaths, the house's interior was partitioned and renters occupied the home for a period of time until the house was purchased in the early 1990s by John and Pamela Trent, who renovated and restored the home to its period elegance.
A couple of years ago, the Trents sold the home to Katherine and Robert Campos. This past summer, Mrs. Campos opened a fine dining operation in the house on the weekends. The restaurant recently ceased operation and the house back went on the market.
The Gazette will have a more in-depth history of the home in an upcoming edition of our Wood County History feature. Shelia Pepper, Gazette Staff.

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