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2 0 1 5 T r a d i T i o n s M a g a z i n e 27 have opened their home to the community they both hold so dear. e backyard can accommo- date as many as 200 to 250 guests for weddings, or even class reunions like the one they hosted for Charlie's graduating class. downstairs is a groom's room complete with a stone wall standing shower and decorated in rustic cabin d├ęcor. Upstairs the bridal room is adorned with vintage wedding dresses. e room has a wrap around porch overlooking the outdoor venue in which the bride will share in her first kiss with her husband. "it is a venue, but it is also our home, and i'm excited to show it off," said Tricia. Charlie shared in Tricia's sentiment stating, "We love to entertain, and this house is a piece of history that we want to share with exeter." e Kirkseys' home is named after longtime exeter businessman, Wes Clover. Clover passed away on aug. 28, 2014 at the age of 85. e gent was spry for his age but seemed to live a relatively routine life. every morning he would leave his of- fice at Tricia Kirksey real estate, walk a block to Hometown emporium for a coffee and later for a roast beef sandwich. He took every opportunity to walk around town to meet with clients face to face. at home he worked on antique cars, loved reading about local and California history and enjoyed the small town charm of his adopted hometown. it might have been the hometown spirit that led him to buy what is now the Kirkseys' home nine years ago. "Wes held a special place in my life, and he came around just when i needed it," Tricia said. "Wes spoke to Charlie about what he wanted for the house and knew it was something Charlie could do." e history of what is now e Clover House is spotted with mystery. some know parts of its history, and others know very little. What is veri- fiable is that the house was built in 1908 by Mar- ion C. english who was a carpenter. Tricia, noted that she had sold the house twice before and there is still an uncertain his- tory to the home. Known as of now, the first oc- cupants were Jonathan grant Kirkman and his first wife ollie Kirkman. after ollie died, Jona- than remarried to sarah eva Pogue. other than that, Kirksey remembers living across the street f rom the home when she was a child. during her childhood allen and Peggy saunders lived at the house. To book e Clover House for an event contact Charlie at 559-280-1002. e Kirkseys decorate the kitchen Christmas tree using Charlie's vast collection of Griswold cast iron. Norman Rockwell and omas Kinkade adorn the walls and halls at e Clover House.

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