Most people will celebrate Saint Patricks Day as they would any other day, but many will choose to celebrate it the Irish way. For the Deverys of Brownwood, this March 17 will be so much more than simply Saint Patricks Day.
Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the Delverys owning their home, built in the early 1900s. Ed Devery said he didn’t know the exact date the home had been built, but there are several artifacts in the home that give a clues to its origin.
For example, many of the door knobs in the home are made of a purple tinted glass, something that was done only until 1914. Another clue to the date of the home comes from the appearance of the glass windows in their home. The glass has a wavy design not common in modern homes.
“It almost looks like they messed up in making the glass,” joked Ed Devery, “ but it is beautiful.”
Ed Devery’s parents bought the home in 1953 from Fred Wright and he has lived there much of his life.
“It is sort of a strange thing to live in the house you grew up in and see all the changes,” said Ed Devery.
The home is fittingly called Shamrock Acres, as it was purchased on Saint Patrick’s Day. The Devery’s will have a celebration to mark their 60th year at the home, but it will have a Saint Patrick’s theme.
Jane Devery said they will serve corn beef and cabbage in honor of the holiday, but that she ordered a cake and Champaign to toast the anniversary of their home.
Ed Devery recalled several memories fondly of the home’s history. He recalled earlier years at the home working with his father. His father, he said, worked six and a half days out of seven in a week. He didn’t have the connivence of modern mechanical tools either. Ed Devery said they had a crescent wrench, hammer and a wheelbarrow with a wobbly wheel, but he said that at the end of the workday, his father always made sure that he had a treat. He said usually got a cherry coke or he would go to Dairy Queen and get a lime coke or a sherbet ice cream cone.
The home is painted white and green and Ed Devery said that is the color everything was painted when his father was alive. He recalled the five gallon paint buckets they used to purchase from Thompson’s and white washing the trees with a residue from the local welder, which would paint on grey, but turn white.
The home has seen many updates and additions over the years including the addition of a few rooms, but has still retained the elegance of yesteryears. The home originally sat on 100 acres, but the Deverys own around 50 acres currently. The other 50 is owned by Ed Devery’s sister.
The Deverys’s home is indeed a work of art and a testament to time, not just on the inside, but the outside as well. Their patio has tile brought to Brownwood from Vermont and a large brick grill. This takes on special meaning as Jane Devery is from New York and had attended school in Vermont.
What Jane Devery really loved about the home initially was the circular driveway that leads up to the their front patio.
“I’ve always loved circular driveways and when we first drove up the house, for the first time I thought was, ‘Oh, how beautiful,’” said Jane Devery.
As visitors enter and exit Shamrock Acres, they will notice a hanging sign next to the Devery’s circular driveway that reads “Home of the Deverys” on one side and “Hurry Back” on the other. This sign has resided in its current location for decades and has welcome many of the Deverys’ guests as well as bid them farewell.