Monthly Archives: December 2003

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2003

Cleaning Most of our Christmas “vacation” was spent cleaning twenty years of collected detritus from the mansion. When Dawn’s grandmother passed away, Dawn’s mother just locked the door — all of her clothes, furniture, papers, etc. were left to moulder. [I later found out that Dawn’s grandfather’s stuff was also there, and he passed away […]

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2003

Historic York We hired Barb Raid of Historic York to handle the National Register nomination and the Historic Tax Credit application. It’s a lot of work, and not a cheap process. If you’re interested in the details, I’ll let you know as soon as I found out myself. Fortunately, Barb had a previous nomination to […]

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2003

Chandeliers The mansion has three beautiful chandeliers, and we knew that eventually they had to be moved. I called Carol Wilson, the county historian, who called Doug Dinsmore, of Skelly & Loy, who referred Gary Kopperman of The Restoration Clinic. As Carole said, “The network lives!” Gary said the chandeliers were fine and we should […]

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2003

Speedwell Forge Park I mentioned in September that Doug Dinsmore was doing an historic inventory for Speedwell Forge Park. It was several months later before I asked, why were they doing this? Were they going to develop the park? Turn it into a strip mall? I had no idea. Fortunately, Sally Vanderslice, an old friend […]

MONDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2003

So You Want To Be An Innkeeper Years ago, I made the stipulation that if we were going to invest our life’s savings in restoring the mansion, it had to be self-sustaining – that is, it wouldn’t become a money pit – and Dawn suggested a B&B. She even called it “Grandma’s House” because, after […]