Monday, April 29, 2013
Saving the Lot 12 Cabin - Prologue
Guests of the Inn, friends and family and our business colleagues around Shepherdstown know that we have struggled with the condition of the property next door to the Inn since buying our B&B over ten years ago. We have appealed to the planning commission and town government, the county health department, and finally consulted attorneys after the hoarding conditions resulted in a dreadful fire at the house - still occupied by Dr. Carl Bell, a professor at Shepherd University - and it remained in its current, uninhabitable condition through the winter and spring months.
The professor finally decided to list the property 'as is' for sale a few weeks ago, and we immediately made an offer that was accepted, and we closed on the property today. We are in possession of an extremely-distressed house and property full of stuff, which we will begin cleaning and clearing as soon as we get the required approval from the planning commission to take down the garage that severely limits access to the house. You can see the outside pictures - what most of our guests have seen this year - above and to the right. Pictured below is the inside of the back of the house, which we saw for the first time today.
It's a daunting task that we've taken on, and I hope to chronicle our progress in this blog. I plan to do some research on the property as well - we know that the original log house from Lot 12 is underneath the brick facade, so our hope is that we will be able to salvage and restore at least some portion of it. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and that it isn't an oncoming train!
Jeanne & Jim at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV
Posted by Jeanne Muir