The photo below shows you the thickness of the walls. It was with great difficulty that new systems have been introduced. In an attempt to get through the walls, they dug down and found that the wall went down 10 feet with solid rock under it. After the renovation, a pressure test was done to see if the house was 'leaking' air to the outside. The only leak they found was a recent hole made to bring a pipe in. The 150 year old house is airtight!Another addition is a wraparound deck on the cool side of the house.My grandparents would be amazed to see a recreation area, complete with a pool. The timbers in the terrace below were from the old barn.The huge trees are probably not the ones we climbed 60 years ago.
The large barn was built to replace a smaller one on June 9th, 1902. All that remains now is the rock walls, with more recent cement parts of the barn.Once again the walls are incredibly thick. Unfortunately, the barn was accidentally burned a few years ago.Sixty years ago, the old farm had 'outdoor plumbing' with hollyhocks growing beside the out-house. From the west coast, my dad had returned in the summers to rebuild the kitchen and put a bathroom in.Below is a back view of the barn with the ramp that led to the second floor. My grandparents had a 'mixed farm' with livestock and grains. An orchard and vegetable garden supplied most of their needs. We travelled in to Clarkesburg and Thornbury for staples and to get meat out of the freezer locker.
My cousin now has several farms with apple orchards. Next door is my great grandfather's farm, also still owned by the family.
Here we are: my cousin Lynn, John - the son of my dad's cousin, his father, his son and me. Franklin reminded me so much of my dad!It was wonderful being able to visit and to see my grandparents farm is still in the family.