I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Save this old house!

I apologize for not posting in the last several weeks.  All of my attention and energy has been focused on saving this beautiful historic property in New England.  Empty for years, the majority of the structure is solid.  It was built in 1899 as an inn that even Edith Wharton herself stayed at.  Her car broke down and there it was; a beacon on a rainy night.  This wonderful old place with fireplaces in every room deserves another chance.

I am so happy to tell you that at a recent town vote, we were able to save it from demolition!  Yes, there's a lot more work to do in order to repurpose and reuse it, but it's absolutely worth it.  If you are trying to save an historic property in your area, my advice would be, don't give up.  It will be all consuming, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.

I'd like to share a few more abandoned house photos.  We are drawn to them like a moth to the light. 
 This home is on the coast of Maine; a stone's throw from the ocean.
 Look at the molding around this window!  Beautiful craftsmanship.
Situated on a small rise, this home sits among the wildflowers.  Picture it with a couple of rockers on the porch, looking towards the water.
Overlooking a river, we can only imagine the large family that may have lived here at one time.  What a delightful field for children to play in.
We passed this abandoned home while visiting the Adirondacks.  Though it's evident that no one has occupied this home in a very long time, it seems to invite us in.  The loneliness these houses exude is heartbreaking.

How will we know it's us without our past?  
John Steinbeck

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