|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Eight pages of house portraits by photographer and neighbor John Gruen.
We had a wonderful week with visiting family from Boston, Ohio, Kentucky and Dallas who proved that the house is indeed made for a crowd. Most popular features of the house for the kids were tower top, bell butler and crawlspace closet in hallway.
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.
Thanks to Salisbury's Town Historian, Katherine Chilcoat, for sharing newly discovered views of the house.
The ingenuity that built Holleywood survives in Alexander Holley's great-great-great grandson Theodore O'Neill who devised a way to take his nonambulatory son, David, skiing. (Rossignol, are you seeing this?) Speaking of snow, David recently got his wish to meet Snow White when Make-A-Wish Connecticut sent him and his parents to Disney World. Ah, Florida. Warming thought on this 10 degree day.
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.