Old Eudora farmhouse on 10-acre plot gives family the rural lifestyle they’ve wanted

photo by: Mike Yoder

A deep porch, running the length of the house on the south, provides a popular outdoor living area for the family. Kellan, 5, stands to the left of his brother Aidan, 9.

An early 1900s farmhouse on a 10-acre property is the perfect combination for a Eudora couple with an eye for decorating and a love of nature.

Jamie and Adam Jones had been looking to move to a more rural part of Douglas County, and in October 2019 they settled into their home at 2158 North 900 Road, about six miles south of downtown Eudora.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Adam and Jamie Jones’ house, originally built in 1904, is located about six miles south of Eudora at 2158 North 900 Road. The original home received an addition — located at left and set apart by its stone exterior — about 20 years ago.

Jamie, a Lawrence native, had wanted to live in the country since she was little. And Adam, who had grown up with acreage in McLouth, wanted to teach his children about tending a garden, raising livestock and harvesting hay. The Jones have two children, Aidan Jones, 9, and Kellan Jones, 5.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Jamie Jones, from left, 5-year-old Kellan Jones, 9-year-old Aidan Jones and Adam Jones are pictured on their rural property south of Eudora at 2158 North 900 Road.

It was a combination of the land and the house that drew the couple in, Adam said in a recent interview with the Journal-World.

“The house, yes, just so we could spread out and have room to grow,” he said. “And also with the land aspect, we could get out, stretch our legs and teach … (the kids) what I had learned growing up. So all of those things really kind of tied together to make the decision pretty easy for us.”

For Jamie, the attraction to the home was more than its size.

“I saw the house and I was just like, oh my goodness, I cannot wait to decorate this house,” she said.

The home, originally built in 1904, has stone pillars, large trim work and some original flooring and doors. For an antique collector like Jamie, it was a historical canvas on which to display her classic pieces. And it only took her about a week to finish decorating, she said.

The main entrance has a player piano on the left wall that the previous owners left. Next to it, Jamie placed a large cabinet, which once held priests’ vestments, that she bought at an antique store in North Lawrence . On the other side of the entrance, a former church pew Jamie found in Kansas City’s West Bottoms serves as a place for the family to sit down and take off their shoes.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Late afternoon sunlight illuminates the home’s front entrance, which has Christmas decorations and an antique church pew Jamie purchased in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. In the background, a Christmas tree lights up the dining room area.

The entryway leads straight into the family’s living room, which includes wall decor such as tobacco baskets and a gun from the early 1900s that Adam’s family has passed down for five generations. The entryway and living room area are part of an addition to the old farmhouse, which Jamie estimated was added on about 20 years ago.

The family’s dining room area includes a large china cabinet Jamie inherited from her grandmother, as well as the complete Spode china set her grandmother purchased piece by piece. On the wall next to the cabinet is a painting of a peacock by Jamie’s mom.

photo by: Mike Yoder

A dining area at the home of Adam and Jamie Jones includes an antique china cabinet Jamie inherited from her grandmother, as well as a framed peacock painting by Jamie’s mom.

The kitchen — which has white cabinets, a middle island and brown trim work around the door and window — is Jamie’s favorite part of the house because of its design, decor and space.

“I think they did an amazing job of redoing that and having a little bit of history mixed with the new appliances,” Jamie said of the former owners.

photo by: Mike Yoder

The kitchen at the home of Adam and Jamie Jones, 2158 North 900 Road, south of Eudora.

There are three bedrooms upstairs, as well as a large bathroom that had formerly been a fourth bedroom. In Kellan’s and Aidan’s rooms, both boys have their own mini Christmas trees that they decorated for the season. Aidan showed off some of his 4-H medals on his wall, and Kellan had a letter to Santa ready to be picked up by Old Saint Nick on Christmas.

The wraparound porch is one of the family’s favorite areas.

“It’s just a good spot to come home after a day of work and just sit down and look out and just enjoy what’s happening around you,” Adam said. He is a welder with HAMM Companies, and Jamie is a research project manager at the University of Kansas.

Jamie mentioned that she enjoys looking at two “gorgeous” weeping willow trees in the yard.

“You can’t see much in the way of civilization when you’re on the front porch. It’s just us and nature,” she said.

On Tuesday, numerous cats lay out on the porch in the setting sun. The Jones have five: Twinkie, Roxie, Chase, Calli and Nori. They have two dogs: Duke and Daisy. They also have 29 chickens. (They have names too, Jamie assured, but this reporter didn’t press for more information.)

photo by: Mike Yoder

Adjacent to the barn, the Jones family has a chicken pen and coop where they have access to fresh eggs. They have 29 chickens.

Aidan, the 9-year-old, said he liked that his new house was bigger and had room for all of their pets.

Next to the home is a large red barn, where Aidan raised two lambs this spring and summer for his 4-H club. Adam also uses the barn for welding projects. Kellan, the 5-year-old, shared that “if you set a fire in here it will break because it’s too old.”

photo by: Mike Yoder

A large barn is part of Adam and Jamie Jones’ 10-acre property at 2158 North 900 Road, south of Eudora.

Jamie and Adam said they moved in at the perfect time, what with the pandemic hitting in March. That was right when the family got their shipment of chickens and the two lambs Aidan helped raise. During a time when many felt confined and limited by their surroundings, the Joneses were loving being at home, raising their animals and growing a garden.

“We didn’t want to go anywhere,” Jamie said. “We wanted to stay here.”

photo by: Mike Yoder

Boots for each member of the Jones family are lined up just inside the front door.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Adam and Jamie Jones, their sons Aidan, 9, and Kellan, 5, and their two dogs Daisy and Duke live on a farm property at 2158 North 900 Road, south of Eudora.

photo by: Mike Yoder

A large barn on the property provides storage and work space for Adam and Jamie Jones and their two young boys, Aidan, 9, and Kellan, 5. Aidan kept his two lambs he raised for his local 4-H club in the pen at right.

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