Pride of Darlington Award: The Dickerson Family
The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) residential “Pride of Darlington” award, presented quarterly to local homeowners in recognition of their efforts to maintain or improve their properties, was last week planted on the Dickerson Family’s front lawn on South Ervin Street.
Julian and Kelley Dickerson have lived in their 1925-built house for 26 years, raising their family on this quiet street and building little traditions along the way – like their front yard Easter Egg tree festooned with rainbow eggs.
The family has undertaken numerous home improvement projects in recent years, including a fresh paint job, neat landscaping around a tidy brick walkway, and a custom-made vent cover above the new front porch. Kelley says they wanted additions that complement the home’s irreplaceable old bones, like how the wide window sashes mesh with craftsman-style brackets beneath side eaves.
“We’ve just done a little bit as we go along. We’ve done all the work ourselves except for the porch,” says Kelley. “It’s just an old house, but we love it, you know?”