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Black House fish fry Saturday
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The annual Black House Fish Fry is set for this coming Saturday, Sept. 26, at 301 West Main Street.

The Black House will be serving up delicious fish Saturday, Sept. 26.

A fish fry fundraiser has been held annually by Black House caretakers for the last three years as a way to draw attention to the historic residence and raise money for its upkeep. It was built 195 years ago and is the oldest remaining residence in McMinnville. 

Lunch begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 26 and will continue until all the fish has been served.

“Marvin Lusk will be cooking again this year,” said Black House executive director Jeanette Lowery. “He did a fantastic job last year. As always, people will receive a slab of very tasty fish. Earline Steakley will be making our hushpuppies with her secret recipe. This year, we’ll have heat lamps to keep the food hot.”

Along with a huge piece of fish and traditional hushpuppies, the meal comes with slaw, fries, drink and a cookie. Plates are $10. Carry-outs are available. Among other contributors, Captain D’s is donating slaw, Dr Pepper is furnishing bottled drinks and water, and Subway in Smartt Station is donating cookies. 

Social distancing will be encouraged and practiced.

“We’ll have food lines roped off to keep people away from the food,” said Lowery. “Black House board members will be wearing masks and gloves. Social distancing will be encouraged. Tours of the house will be limited to 10 or less.”

Tours of the historic house will begin at 9 a.m. and will begin every 30 minutes thereafter. Admission is $5 for everyone age 6 and up. Children 5 and under are allowed in free. Grab bags for children will be available at $1 per bag. 

The Black House was built by Jesse Coffee in 1825 and is the oldest remaining residence in McMinnville. It was unique in the fact it was brick with the original grounds situated on 13 acres. 

The property was acquired by the Thomas Black family in 1874, providing the home its most lasting name. The house was deeded to the Eagle Club in the 1980s and under the guidance of Lowery has been restored for future generations to enjoy. Funds netted from the event will go toward upkeep of the property.

“We encourage everyone to come out and support this historic home,” said Lowery. 

The Black House, on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 301 West Main Street.