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Two Homes at Center of 100-Year Old Covington Scandal Hit Market at Same Time

The news shocked the Shillitos! Horrified the Holmeses! Nauseated the Neffs! Even the Mortons marveled at the headline!

Yes, more than 100 years ago, a local wedding had all of high society clutching its collective pearls, mouths agape, covered by gloved hands. Why, they all could have been knocked over with a feather.

The occasion?

Prominent Covington citizen Robert B. Wallace had jaunted off to Florida and wedded his bride, a Miss Margaret Simpson. But this was no ordinary nuptials. Though a marriage certificate for the 1906 occasion listed Wallace's age as 60ish, he was actually in his 80s. 

She was in her 30s.

She was also his nurse.

The ailing Mr. Wallace had lost his wife just the year before, after a marriage that had lasted twice as long as Simpson had been alive.

OCTOGENARIAN WALLACE WEDS FAITHFUL NURSE, read the headline in The Kentucky Post

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Wallace was the son of the man for whom the city's prestigious Wallace Woods neighborhood was named. The stately manors that line Wallace Avenue, Sterrett Street, and others were built upon Robert Wallace, Jr.'s former farmland. Robert B. Wallace constructed a sprawling mansion of his own, and barely a block away, a second home was built. Some stories suggest that the second home was built for his "faithful nurse", Miss Simpson, but some historical timelines don't support that. 

The Wallace-Boyd House, the one some believe to have been built for Miss Simpson, is located at 218 Wallace, and is listed as having been built in 1899, before the construction of Wallace's own home at 120 Wallace. 

Regardless, both of the impressive properties happen to be on the market at the same time. The Wallace House at 120 Wallace Avenue had operated for many years as a bed and breakfast. Built in 1905, the 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate with its iconic front porch and solarium is listed at $465,000.

Anyone who has ever wanted to operate a bed & breakfast could walk right into this turnkey operation, housed in an urban mansion filled with local history. The three-level home included a servants' quarters at the top. It has also been the site of a boarding house.

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Meanwhile, the so-called Wallace-Boyd House at 218 Wallace Avenue was built in 1899, according to the listing and was designed by H.S. Holmes, who later donated the land to construct Holmes High School (named for Daniel Holmes who owned the land originally). Robert B. Wallace also had this home built.

Many prominent businessmen in the area kept second homes in Wallace Woods. Later, Samuel Boyd, owner of a local lumber yard, moved in and lived here for 40 years. It boasts five bedrooms, three and a half baths, a luxurious master suite with a 13x13 dressing room and laundry, four gas fireplaces, and custom built-ins.

It is listed at $379,900.

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-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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