The Highland House, formerly the home of the Hathcock family, hosted its first event last week, when Sandy Barnett reserved the space to host a luncheon and bridge party.
Barnett remembers the house as being occupied by the Charles Cole family when it was a smaller white frame two-story house. The Hathcocks acquired it in the late 1960s and transformed it into a much larger home, repurposing the attic to become a third floor and adding wings on the east and west sides.
Even when it was the Hathcock home, it was the site of many special events. Barnett's daughter, Lindley, was one of many young women who held their engagement announcement parties there. Charles Hathcock’s involvement with Batesville Community Theater led to several cast parties, as well as the wedding of active performers John Saltzman and Donna Wallace. It was also the location for numerous family gatherings.
Theodora Hightower remembered the house from her childhood, when she played with her friend Charlotte Cole both in the house and in a backyard playhouse.
“Mrs. Cole would sometimes fix us a picnic, and we would go down the bluff and under the bridge down the hill to eat,” she explained.
Barnett said that when she was looking around for a bridge party location, the Highland House was perfect.
“It’s a lovely place, and the prices were compatible with other places in town,” she said. “They do all the work, and I just get to come!”
Her sister-in-law, Betty Barnett, commented that the College had done a wonderful job.
Guests enjoyed a lunch catered by Lyon’s dining services, and all agreed that the food was delicious.
The group included Marian Milam, Donna Magar, Martha Bentley, Nancy Britton, Lynn Weatherman and Barbara Stevenson, in addition to the Barnetts, Lea and Hightower.
To book an event at the Highland House, please contact Lyon College.
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