|Bringing Back Holleywood||
We tracked down the gazebo that Governor Holley gave to his wife in 1859! As you can see in first two photos, from the 1860s, formal gardens were created around it. It was sold in the tag sale before we bought the house, but Peggy O'Brien connected us with the buyers who kindly allowed us to buy it back. Rob, Matt, Bill and Larry worked yesterday to piece the parts together, like a puzzle. Today, Matt cut out diamond shapes in a new plank to match the old, which was rotted. The gazebo is only halfway up but already looks magical.
A few weeks ago, Donald was working by the wood stove in the kitchen when he heard a tremendous crash. He looked out to see that an old spruce in our backyard had fallen over, for no apparent reason. We were glad to have already taken down trees near the house. Spruce isn't good firewood, so Larry will chop it and give it to a guy who taps spruce for sap.
Larry Burcroff has been clearing, chopping, felling, mulching, seeding, watering, replanting and fertilizing since the restoration began in March 2011. It's because of him that the land is returning to landscape.
Larry the landscaper wrangled a young apple tree from a quagmire of brambles and replanted it in the back, next to a house for bluebirds, which was a gift from the contractors.
Landclearing is an important part of the job. Healthy trees are pruned and sometimes re-sited. New willows are strategically placed in the field for beauty and privacy from the road.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.