MARATHON

Honeymoon turns 'historic'

August 31, 2013 

When Pat and Ron Townley returned to Marathon to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary, they were surprised to learn their honeymoon cottage is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by LARRY BENVENUTI

Pat and Ron Townley returned to Marathon to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at their former residence.

They were surprised to learn the Adderley House, where they stayed, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located on Crane Point Museum property, the house was the honeymoon cottage they rented from Mary and Francis Crane, for whom Crane Point is named.

The Townleys met in the early 1960s in Marathon while Ron was stationed at Cudjoe Key with the U. S. Air Force. They married at St. Columba Episcopal Church and made their first home at the Adderley House.

Returning to celebrate 50 years of marriage, they were pleasantly surprised to find their honeymoon residence was not only still standing, but has been preserved as a national historic site.

The couple now reside in Georgia.

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