Easter egg hunters not deterred by move indoors

Rain moves Easter egg hunt to vacant historic home

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 19, 2014 

  • Video: Finding Easter eggs indoors. by Wayne Crenshaw

While wet weather forced the cancellation or postponement of many Easter egg hunts on Saturday, one group found a way to persevere.

The annual hunt put on by the InTown Macon Neighborhood Association at Washington Park was moved to a home often referred to as the Crisco house on College Street. The home is being renovated and is empty, so it made for a good spot for an indoor hunt.

The change didn’t seem to put a damper on the hunt at all, as about 10 children ran around the house collecting eggs with every bit of the same excitement they would have if they were out in a country meadow on a perfect day.

After all, what kid doesn’t love bounding around a giant, empty house?

“He’s having a blast,” said Kathy Wimberly, as she watched her 5-year-old son, Sam, collecting eggs in the kitchen.

The home is owned by Michael and Bridget Wright, who bought it in 2012. A unique work of architecture, the 10,000-square-foot home was built in 1901 by Wallace McCaw. He figured out a way to process cottonseed oil, and manufactured the product in Macon as “Plantene.” He eventually sold to Procter & Gamble, which renamed the product Crisco.

Bridget Wright happened to be the organizer of the Easter egg hunt this year, and when the weather turned foul, she thought the house would make a great place for an indoor hunt.

The only downside, she said, was that “there’s not a lot places to hide eggs.”

They hid about 200 eggs throughout the house.

Her daughter, 10-year-old Anne Marie, didn’t mind that finding the eggs wasn’t much of a challenge.

“It’s easier because there’s no furniture, but it was funner because it’s not cold and wet like outside,” she said.

Wright said the house has gone through several owners in recent years. It was near being lost when they bought it because the roof was leaking. They have focused their work so far on repairing the roof, but now plan to turn their attention inside. She hopes to have it ready for next year’s tour of historic homes. They plan to eventually move into it if they can sell their current home, which is nearby.

Greg and Katie Fischer, who live in the neighborhood and know the Wright’s well, brought their daughter, Eliza, to participate in the hunt.

Greg Fischer said the home has gone downhill since they moved into the area 10 years ago, but he is hopeful the Wrights can bring it back.

“It has swallowed up so many folks over the years,” he said. “If anybody can get it done, they can.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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