Anita King's "Kingsville"
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Kingsville is a fictional town, founded in the late 1700s. Anita uses actual facts from her family ancestry and gently embellishes them to create fictional stories. The houses shown below are only a few of the pieces to Kingsville. Space limitations prohibit showing them all. Each house is fully furnished and includes details such as period style wallpaper, rugs, woodwork and baseboards, tiny dishes, handmade bedspreads, crocheted tablecloths, and even an actual photo, about the size of a quarter, that is one of Anita’s ancestors. With dogs and cats of her own that she loves tremendously, Anita also makes certain that every home has at least a few pets.

pictures by Nila Smith

The first home built in Kingsville was this settler's cabin, complete with a "two-seater" outhouse tucked back in the trees. The early King settlers lived in the late 1700s to mid-1800s.


As time passed, the family built this large farmhouse, but they kept the original cabin as a historical landmark.



The Kingsville families were farmers with crops, livestock and a truck patch where they raised and sold produce.


As time passed, more families moved into the community and Kingsville began to grow.


Anita pays careful attention to details. Here, turtledoves rest on the guttering of the large Victorian. They serve as a reminder to Anita of a dear friend who moved to Washington state. The friend loves turtledoves and says they do not exist in that part of the country.



No respectable town is complete without its church. Anita says she built the church to resemble the style of little country churches where her father preached in Indiana.








And, as time passes, so do loved ones. Anita explains that many folks, when they first hear about Kingsville, assume that she named the town after herself, but the fact is, it is named for her grandparents on her mother's side of the family.



Anita's mother was a King and married a Dowling. Anita was a Dowling and married a King.




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