|Bringing Back Holleywood||
paper, plastic or crate?
Leon McClain, the carpenter who renovated the west porch for the previous owner, kindly gave us an artifact he discovered in the process: a shipping label addressed to Gov. Holley from a grocer in the 1800s, which fell when he dismantled the ceiling. The label is nailed to a crate plank that was "probably used as a shim" he said. A what? I inquired. "An extra board slid in to add height or depth." He marveled (as we did) that not only hadn't the cardboard rotted in a century and a half, even the ink hadn't smeared. (And we worry about our laser-printed labels holding up for a few days.) Thanks to The Connecticut Historical Society for posting a photo of this shop that the Holleys apparently favored for "meat, poultry, fish, oysters and vegetables."
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.