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The Olde Stone House

710 Water Street, Warsaw, , 62379 Property Website Dated Posted: August 28, 2017

$329,000

Tiffany Murphy

rtreeusa@gmail.com

o: 3037489273

m: 3037489273

Circa 1827

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About This Old House

Built in 1827, this property is an historian’s dream. Major John Wilcox built this property out of the flood banks of the Mississippi and a river view from every window. He maintained Ft. Edwards in 1814. When he died, his widow married Thomas Sharp, famous for his part in the murder of Joseph and Hiram Smith in 1844. The house has been renovated from a boatclub used for weddings and gatherings in the late 1900s. It has been a private residence for 17 years and boasts one of the best views of the Ole Miss. The house comes with 5 lots and a 1 bedroom/1 bath granny flat over a 3 car garage. Every season is beautiful here and the sunsets are better than Key West.

Read on for a published history of the home…

Home of Newspaper Editor Thomas Sharp now available!
(Warsaw, III.) The owner of Thomas Sharp’s home in Warsaw, Illinois, 18 miles south of Nauvoo, has recently turned the home into a short-term rental and events venue. “By most accounts, Thomas Sharp was the worst enemy of the Mormon people and he even stood trial for the murder of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Now the public has a rare chance to stay overnight in his former home” reports LDS researcher Brian Stutzman, a businessman from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The home is owned by Tiffany Murphy and Chris Vass. Tiffany, like Thomas Sharp, served as Mayor of Warsaw. “This house is a treasure to the region. It was first built by town founder John Wilcox from the same rock used to build the Carthage Jail. Later Sharp moved in for a time,” reports Murphy. It changed hands through the years and in the 1960’s became the home of the Warsaw Boat Club. Murphy reports “When I bought the home, sometimes called the Stone House, it was in rough shape. It is restored now, and has many of the same features when Sharp lived here in the early 1840s.”
The two-story home overlooks the banks of the Mississippi River. John Wilcox came to the area in the 1820’s and was one of the original founders of Warsaw. His sister Elizabeth married Isaac Galland, who was instrumental in selling land in Nauvoo and Montrose to the Mormon settlers in 1839 and after. “Galland joined the Church for a time and even served a mission in the early 1840’s” noted Stutzman. John Wilcox’s first wife died and he married then 17-year-old Hannah Hardy in 1838. Wilcox died a short time later and in 1842 his widow Hannah then married bachelor Thomas Sharp. “So, imagine Thanksgiving dinners, with fiery anti-Mormon newspaper editor Thomas Sharp at one end of the table, and Mormon missionary and relative Isaac Galland at the other end” continued Stutzman.
Besides publishing anti-Mormon articles in his Warsaw Signal newspaper, Sharp also formed the anti-Mormon political party in 1842 and is credited with the coining the term “Jack-Mormon” which at the time described non-Mormons who were friendly to the members of the Church. Sharp participated in the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and stood trial for Joseph’s murder. He and four others were acquitted.
“The Thomas Sharp Home is probably the most historical significant building still standing in Warsaw,” noted Stutzman. “The original Warsaw House hotel, where the mob met after they murdered the Prophet and the Patriarch, was torn down in 1899. Where Sharp published his paper during the period sometimes referred to as the ‘Mormon Troubles Period’ is unknown. It started down by the river and moved up on Main to an unknown location. He later published in a building that is still standing on Main Street but that was after the building was built in 1851. It is of note that in the 1850’s, Sam Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, worked as an apprentice at the Warsaw paper. But this was way past the time the Mormons were in the area” Stutzman added. “The Thomas Sharp home is one of the only buildings still standing in Warsaw that dates into the 1830’s.”
Murphy noted “now people, LDS or not, can stay where Thomas Sharp lived and Isaac Galland visited. Built by a hard-working military engineer John Wilcox of Ft. Edwards, the home is a historian’s dream. It has the original walls, fireplaces, and the most amazing view of the Mississippi River from every window in the house.

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