Taylor House

Some places are unknowingly famous. Whether it has been used in a movie, a home of a celebrity, or part of a historical event, different places can mean different things to different people. One place in Denton is famous for multiple reasons. It even may have a ghost.

The old Taylor house, also known as the Bryant-Todd house, is located at 119 Gay St. The victorian style home was built in 1868. The home was named after a former owner, Will Taylor. The neighbors called him Old Man Taylor and he was known for being a very mean person. The main story that is known today about Taylor is he kept threatening the town dogs for being on his property. One Sunday people woke up and found neighborhood dogs dead all throughout Denton. They believed Taylor poisoned the dogs since he kept saying he was going to “take care of them.” Will Taylor died in the 1930s.

Denton was home to famous author Sophie Kerr, who based a lot of her stories of her growing up in the 1900s. One of her stories, Peace is Wonderful, was about a mean farmer who did not like his neighbors and he killed the neighborhood dogs. The mans name was Rolyat, which is Taylor spelled backwards. In her story she called the home the Emerson House.

The house went through multiple owners in the early 2000 and then sat vacant for awhile. In 2000 when the house was for sale, potential owners were looking at the home and took pics when the owner at the time was not home. They noticed a child in the 3rd story window. The child was wearing an old fashion dress and bonnet. They were unable to get a hold of the owner to question the child. It was known that Taylor had 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. His son died at the age of 24. The daughters were single when they lived in the home but a worker at the funeral home remembers one of the daughters having a child that died when they were very young.

In 2014 the home was bought by well known chef Steve Konopelski and his husband, Robert Griffith. They renovated the home and turned it into a bed & breakfast. It opened in May 2015 as Turnbridge Point.

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