Peeking from behind rows of ripe tangelos sits an old farmhouse with stories to tell. Located just outside the southeast corner of town, Leslie and Than Neese put down roots in a piece of the Visalia countryside that holds a lifetime of memories.

Built in 1880, the two-bedroom farmhouse was located on the corner of Demaree and Caldwell at Griffin Farms. Than’s parents, Dave and Linda Neese, bought the house for $5,000 in the late 1970s and paid to have the home moved to the to a quiet three acres. Dave and Linda poured their sweat and tears into the house, adding a primary bedroom and a Victorian style to the façade. Additionally, Dave hand-milled each corbel as a skilled woodworker, giving a personal touch to the home where he and Linda raised their three boys.

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