Tag Archives: Paymasters Office

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

Paymaster’s Office I think the Paymaster’s Office is the second coolest building on the property. (The coolest, of course, is the privy.) But you can’t live in the privy, and you don’t get all of these other benefits: The paymaster window. How many other buildings are divided by a wall with a double-hung window? The basement, […]


Dawn’s third (and final) to do list Within the next ten weeks, we should have the mansion ready and (hopefully) the Summer Kitchen as well. Unfortunately, the Paymaster’s Office will take a little longer. Notice I didn’t say “finished,” just “ready.” The stuff that is absolutely required in order for us to get our occupancy […]


Dawn sends status…and pictures! Two of the painters, Elmer Stoltzfus and Southern Long, started on Monday in the offices [third floor attic area] of the mansion. They should finish tomorrow and start moving down the stairs to Bill’s room, then the Boys’ room, then the hallway, then maybe to the game room. Jay Bowman started […]

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 […]

SUNDAY, MARCH 05, 2006

Update on Dawn’s tasks On October 15, I published Dawn’s new to-do list. Let’s see what she’s accomplished in the last five months: Mansion Repoint east side, spot point as needed (Hollenbeck) — repointed entire building! Finish east gable, downspouts, front porch — east gable and front porch finished Insulate between all floors (blown-in blanket) — done! Paint all […]


Channel 11 news Picture this: It’s September 6, the last day of my “vacation”, and I’ve spent the last five hours talking to the plumber, the contractor, and the septic guy, when the channel 11 news van pulls up, ready to do an interview. Of course I knew they were coming — Dawn specifically scheduled […]


Dawn’s new to-do list Just in case we were getting excited about all the progress made so far… Mansion Repoint east side, spot point as needed (Hollenbeck) (November, after mason) Finish east gable, downspouts, front porch (Lantz roofing) Insulate between all floors (blown-in blanket) Paint all windows and sashes; hang windows by November 1st (Dawn) […]

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005

Appeal scheduled We submitted our appeal almost a month ago, and they were supposed to set a hearing date within 30 days. Well, we hadn’t heard anything so Dawn called this morning, and found out the appeal was scheduled for July 14th (two days from now) AND THEY FORGOT TO NOTIFY US. In their defense, […]

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005

Bath fixtures While I harbor no illusions that anyone is interested in our fixtures list, we’ve spent so much time on it that it would be a shame not to include it. Dawn asked me not to include prices, but I can say it will be about $30,000 total, not including the kitchen. Ouch. Addendum: […]