The Ivy House Bed & Breakfast was built in
1921 by a locally well-known doctor, yet, Linda & Jim Nolte, the innkeepers were
surprised several years ago to find all sorts of gambling paraphernalia in
both the attic and basement, and some punch card-type gambling games hidden
in the insulation behind some walls.
The HGTV cable TV
program "If Walls Could Talk," which shares lore and intrigue from homes
rich in history--some good, some notorious, contacted the Nolte's about
their home's past. It is rumored that this Fortville Bed & Breakfast once
housed a prohibition-era gambling operation and was visited often by
legendary gangster Al Capone.
According to local stories, black limousines were regular visitors in the
home's driveway. The couple has discovered all sorts on interesting items in
his wall used as insulation. Behind his basement furnace, Jim discovered
some glass panels. A garage storage room walls was filled with hundreds of
tabloid size wagering punch cards.
An HGTV crew recently spent two days
filming a segment about the home's rich gambling history that will air in
Spring, 2008. Below are some photos of their discoveries and some taken during the "shoot" of the episode.
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