The original Hale-Sarver structure was built in 1853 and was once the home of Charles Furnas. Charles Furnas was Orville and Wilbur Wrights second mechanic and is known to be the world’s first airplane passenger. Although the original structure of Hale-Sarver has undergone renovations since its purchase by Jim’s mother Rachel Ann and late father Carl Sarver in 1953, guests can always count on feeling at home. As it was once the Sarver’s private residence, the home’s interior has remained inviting and rectively nostalgic of a time gone by where Jim and his siblings grew up.
On such renovation was the addition of a chapel featuring a cathedral ceiling that reaches 18 feet at its peak. With tranquil lighting and non-denominational adornment, the Hale-Sarver chapel is not only spacious enough for gatherings up to 125 people, but provides the ideal setting for memorial services of all faiths. As well, there are two additional viewing rooms available for those preferring smaller, more intimate surroundings. Not forgetting the children, Hale-Sarver offers the safety of a kid’s playroom, allowing parents the option of having younger family members nearby during services. With the Riverside Cemetery located just beyond the parking area of Hale-Sarver, interment may take place immediately following on-site service.