For a little recent history on 302 W. German Street, I have posted the photo I took in late 2003 when the wall closest to the Inn collapsed. Water damage and a lack of proper maintenance caused the brick facade to lose its hold on the log structure underneath, the end result of which was a loud crash and a heavy plume of brick dust shooting across German Street around 9:00 a.m. Luckily no one was walking past when it happened. I happened across this picture today and realized that it shows the log cabin that we hope to retain, at least in part, in the restoration of the property to a habitable dwelling.
We have started the task - either Herculean or Sisyphean, or maybe both - of cleaning out the back yard and garage. The current inside of the garage is pictured below. Mind you, this is after several weeks of picking and hauling by Professor Bell and his friends - before they started it was stacked to the roof. Several large pieces of machine shop equipment in various stages of rust and rot were underneath leaf and debris which came through multiple holes in the roof.
Onward and upward!
Jeanne & Jim at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV