Edge of the Lake Magazine October | November 2022

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“If these walls could talk” may be an overused idiom when referring to old homes, but when it comes to a quaint, center hall cottage nestled in the Division of Spring just blocks outside of historic downtown Covington, there could be no better example of if these walls could talk… The traditional merchant’s home of the 19th century was built circa 1901. Over the years, it has passed through the hands of some of Covington’s most prominent families. The property was fi rst held by Miss Sara L. Kennedy who acquired the entirety of Square 10 at tax sale in April of 1884. She carved out and sold four lots to William Kennedy in May of 1901, including the two lots designated as 405 South Vermont St. By September of the same year the original buildings had been erected. It was at that time when Emile Frederick, Mayor of Covington from 1891 until 1892, purchased the property. Many longtime residents of Covington may be familiar with the Frederick family as they’ve passed the “Frederick Oak,” which sits in the middle of South Vermont St. between 19th Ave. and Temperance St. Twenty years later, the Kennedy family re-acquired the lots and owned the home until 1957, when it passed from the Estate of Belle Kennedy Martindale to

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