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Colorful barns and a whale of a tale await visitors to 150 Aurora Street.

by Tim Troglen Published: June 12, 2017 4:30 PM
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HUDSON -- Hudson is home to a variety of animals including horses, llamas, alpacas and a whale.

Don't worry, the whale at 150 Aurora Street doesn't live in a nearby lake or pond but resides on a wall near the family's front door.

The home is one of the featured stops on the 2017 Home and Garden Tour which has been sponsored for 70 years by the Garden Club. The tour is always the Thursday and Friday before the third weekend in June.

"Three or four owners ago a daughter made a wooden whale," according to Darlene LaFontaine, who has owned the home with her husband, Mark, for about three years.

When the family moved, the new tenants noticed the whale, which they liked, was gone.

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"The next family loved it, but it was gone," she said.

So the family commissioned another wooden whale to be made fro the door.

"Both families have stopped by since we've lived here and told us the story of the whale," she said.

"The whale is so well known around Hudson that people tell the family: you live in the whale house," she added.

The family thought it was fitting since they formerly lived on Nantucket Island before moving to Hudson.

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Tour members will visit the downstairs floor of the home which was formerly owned by the Barlow family.

Visitors will walk through a dining room with two full bay windows shining the seasonal sunlight on a wall filled with built-ins.

"It's a beautiful room," she said.

The room also has a cascading black chandelier made by a Vermont artisan.

"It's likely one of a kind," she said. "We love it."

The dining room also has the original dental moulding, as does a downstairs fireplace and the living room.

A variety of color will also be found in the living room drapes, blue velvet couch and along the walls in the form of barn paintings.

"I like color," she said.

The family brought a variety of New England pieces with them when they moved to Hudson.

Visitors will also see a large print, taken by a photographer and sold in some retail stores, of LaFontaine and her family from New York, in antique racing boats. The pictures were taken by a photographer and sold.

The kitchen, which along with the rest of the home has been renovated, visitors will find marble tops and new cabinets. A special piece from her grandparents also accentuates the room.

"It's a kitchen set that looks like two pews and a table piece set," she said. "It was actually built into their breakfast nook. I take it to every house we live in and paint it to match the decor -- it's now gray."

This is the second appearance on the tour for the home. The garden was featured on a tour in the 1960s.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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