Tag Archives: Lancaster County

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2006

Day One, Revisited I know I wrote that a year and a half ago, but now that the restoration is (almost) over and the innkeeping has begun, it seems just as appropriate today. Our first guests were a couple from Philadelphia just looking to get away on a Friday night. The sheets had arrived that […]

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 18, 2006

Coming together Wow. In two days, the painting is finished, the duct work is finished, the kitchen island is finished, the locks are finished, the windows are finished, and the shutters are almost finished. (I was responsible for those, which is why they are behind schedule.) The walkway will be finished tomorrow at 6am, the […]

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006

Down to the wire One week remaining… Saturday Buy coffee maker Install new mailbox Order sheets and towels Find (or order) window pulls Order one more kitchen pull Schedule clock guy Buy bathroom hardware (towel racks, etc.) Sunday Set up walkway, lay wood chips Unpack boxes, organize furniture Invite neighbors Set up canopy bed on […]

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 […]

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2006

American Chestnuts The world is an amazingly small place. Several years ago, I read an article in Nature Conservancy about American chestnut trees. In the 18th century, they accounted for one-quarter of all trees in the Northeast. They grew up to eighty feet straight up, their wood was light, strong, and resistant to rot, and […]

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 […]

MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2006

Hydroseeding Time was, planting grass over a large area was a tedious chore of spreading fertilizer, then seed, then raking it all in, then watering it all daily. No more. Now a truck backs up to your house and blasts water, seed, and fertilizer out of a firehose. Plus, the fertilizer acts like a glue […]

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 […]