Next to the doors, an old granite gravestone. Died. Nov. 1, 1846, George W., Son of Alexander H. and Marcia C. Holley, At 7 Yrs Only seven! But no one is buried in the basement, assures the 1977 profile of the house in the Lakeville Journal. In those days of high infant mortality, the boy came to share a grave with several young relatives so his own gravestone wasn't needed and was stored in the basement. I wonder if using it in a garden would be sacriligous.
While the contractors and architect discuss heating the turret (too impractical), Donald paces the house and counts the rooms: 31. Not including alcoves and landings and storage rooms. It appears that only two of the rooms require renovation: the kitchen needs updating and the master bedroom needs its own bathroom. The rest of the rooms will be cleaned and painted and left otherwise untouched, to preserve the integrity of the house. And also our solvency.