Sears Catalog Houses of Mount Airy

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History and Genealogy

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From 1908 to 1940, a customer could actually order a complete house from the Sears Modern Homes and Building Plans catalog! Everything needed, right down to the nails and paint, was shipped by rail to local railroad towns across America, including Mount Airy. Sears promised that working without a carpenter and only rudimentary skills, a person could build themselves a beautiful house for a reasonable price. This online presentation will discuss how this amazing feat was accomplished and will give local examples of Sears catalog houses.


Celebrating America fosters a greater sense and understanding of America's history and Carroll County's important role in that history by joining forces with private and public institutions around the county. For more information about the initiative, visit Carroll County's Celebrating America web site.