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Jamie Hall
Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,426
Someone sent me a message saying that they would like to come and visit Cedric's home museum -- and I lost the message. Sorry! So a general invitation -- if you are going to be in the area (northwestern Connecticut), send me a PM through the wall and we can set something up. The heating is interesting -- but so is the rest of the place, and its story.
Br. Jamie, osb
Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England

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  • delta T
    delta T Member Posts: 884
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    I was not the one who messaged........but, if I ever make it out there I will take you up on that. Would love to see Cedric in person!
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,612
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    Maybe some day I can make that trip!!
  • GBart
    GBart Member Posts: 746
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    what's the history behind it? I find nothing on the net, but what to search for besides Cedric?
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,426
    edited March 2019
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    No, we're not much on the net... we are open, but only by request (since the place is also a residence). Bring up this website: https://npgallery.nps.gov/nrhp and put the number 02000334 in the field called "reference number". That will bring it up... eventually (the site is painfully slow...).

    In a nutshell, the place was founded in 1872 by an lady who wrote what might be kindly called "romance novels" -- but which sold well. She bought the place (it started as a farm in about 1780) with the proceeds, although her husband also had some money from selling tack (horse equipment) the cavalry of both sides during the Civil War. Her son-in-law added extensively to it, and it became the centre of a sort of artists' colony, hosting the likes of New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera musicians, concert pianists, actors, painters, and sculptors in the period around 1895 to 1910. It fell on somewhat hard times later, particularly in the depression and the loss of farming in the area (it has always been a working farm), but the trustees are in the process of slowly restoring it (money is pretty tight, and restoration doesn't come cheap).
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,426
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    Here are some photos of Cedric's home. He lives in the basement...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    ethicalpaul
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,612
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    Nice!! That is some fireplace.
    Solid_Fuel_Man
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
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    Yeah, huge fireplace!
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,426
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    And unlike most -- that fireplace (which eats cord length wood for breakfast!) really heats the room it's in. Efficient? well... no. But heat output, oh yes!
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Solid_Fuel_Man
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,612
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    @Jamie Hall bet you could cook breakfast on it!! Or even a roast pig.
  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 857
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    Oh, my favorite radiator valve, the Hoffman #7.
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  • nibs
    nibs Member Posts: 512
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    What time is dinner?
  • Mike Cascio
    Mike Cascio Member Posts: 143
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    Hi Jamie,

    I was the one who messaged. Hope all is well. I am located in North New Jersey and would love to see the place.