The Allen House in Marshall, where Polly and Lawrence lived and where a good deal of CROWS takes place, has been spiffed up and painted a beautiful blue. What follows is an up date of a post from 2014. For those of you reading the novel now, seeing the interior may help set the scene.
Mary Allen (who was known as Polly) is one of the five voices in my novel . . .
Her house was a familiar sight to me for over forty years . . . long before I thought of writing anything at all.
It's a private residence and the owner was kind enough to let me take pictures of the parlor .
Some of the original wallpaper remains . . .
Front door and stairs . . .
A pie safe ...
As I wrote the scenes with Polly, it was easy to imagine her moving through this house, to see the sheriff running up the stairs, to hear the glass breaking in the sidelights . . .
I couldn't be sure of what has changed since Polly's time, but I did the best I could with research and let my imagination fill in the gaps