better image of Jones House--may 2018

The Story Behind the Jones House

The house was built in 1857 by John Dehner, one of Pontiac's early merchants. The Dehner Family lived in the home until 1879 when it was sold to the Camp Family. In 1883, it was then sold to Philip Arman. Henry C. Jones, the principle owner of the Pontiac Ice Company, purchased the house in 1899 and lived in it with his family for more than 50 years. The house was purchased in 1957 by the Koehler Family and was converted into apartments. After a fire in 1975, the house was slated for demolition. It was saved from destruction by Reid Tombaugh and Francis Lehman and acquired by the Livingston County Historical Society through a grant from the Humiston Trust.

This home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 5, 1978. The Livingston County Historical Society obtained the services of William B. Coney of Macomb to complete the home's restoration.

The Jones House is generally open for free public tours on the third Saturday of eacch month from 1 to 3 pm. For more information, or to arrange a private tour, contact us at 815-844-5847.

first 2 photos of inside jones house, side by side
2nd set of 2 photos of inside jones house
Jones House photo 4 for web page