Tag Archives: History

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2006

The week after I thought the grand opening meant we were done. I’m not sure how I can still be so naive after everything else we’ve gone through, but I think that eternal optimism is one of my charms. Of course, that may just be me being optimistic… I’d forgotten about all the crystal and […]

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

The end of the beginning The building code inspector came out on Monday for the “final” visit and flagged us for a dozen issues, from a broken emergency light (which we knew about) to all of the shower lines being reversed (which we didn’t know about). Dawn has taken care of everything and so we […]

TUESDAY, JULY 04, 2006

Independence Day First, the good news: Last week’s record rainfall did NOT do any significant damage to the mansion. Had it occurred a week earlier, when the driveway was freshly paved, I would not be saying that. Dawn, however, did not sleep for three days. When you’re sleeping in a greenhouse with a plastic roof, […]

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006

Leaders and followers Make no bones about it: I’m a follower. I must hold a record for belonging to the most Pennsylvania organizations without actually residing (or ever resided) in the state. Here’s the list I’ve joined, am joining, or am trying to join: Historical Society of Pennsylvania The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Lititz Retailers […]

THURSDAY, JUNE 08, 2006

National Historic Register Some interesting facts about the National Register: In Lancaster County, there are 212 sites (including us) on the National Register. By comparison, York has 92, Berks County has 130, and Lebanon has 24. (Chester County, though, has 313.) 25 of Lancaster’s “sites” are railroad cars in Strasburg, 25 are covered bridges, and […]

SUNDAY, JUNE 04, 2006

Serendipity It may seem odd, but when restoring an old house, the best you can hope for when stripping paint is to find more paint. Not only does that give you some chronology of the house, but also clues as to the original color because, ideally, that’s what you want to use. (And in the […]

FRIDAY, JUNE 02, 2006

Great news! I received an email today from Barb Raid, architectural historian at Historic York, Inc., who handled our National Register nomination. Hi, Dawn & Gregg — I just received word from Carol Lee at the BHP that your property was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 2006. Congratulations! […]

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006

B&B Convention Dawn and I are meeting in Phoenix this weekend for a four-day B&B convention, with such titillating workshops as: Selling to the Affluent Yield Management for Inns Master of Disaster: Planning for the Worst The Art of Fruit WalMart Budget, Tiffany Dreams First, Do No Harm: Safety in the Kitchen Granola…Much More Than […]

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006

Awesome facts about the history and restoration of our B&B If anyone is interested, here are some of our stories, and I will do everything I can to “feed the beast,” so to speak. One of the walls we removed was made with hand-split lath and hand-forged nails, dating it to c. 1795. We have some […]