TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One of Shawnee County's most beautiful places to spend a night started as nothing more than a crumbling mess.
Elizabeth Taylor, the proprietress and owner of the Woodward Inns on Fillmore says it took her 18 years to restore the homes.
Taylor says she started with just one house, but felt called upon spiritually to make over the neighborhood of her historic home.
She shared her passion for preservation in a speaking series hosted by the Shawnee County Historical Society.
"You have to have a passion for sharing. You have to have a passion for looking beyond your own self," she advised.
The Historical Society continues its series on successful historic preservation on October 21 with a presentation on the JQ historic properties in Old Town and on November 18 on the Charles Curtis House Museum on Topeka Boulevard. The series is open to the public and held at the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center on 1118 SE Madison.