|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.
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.
Twelve snowy inches and more to come. Thanks to Lindsey for this shot of one of the driveway gateposts, lovely portrait of a New England winter eve.
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.
We were awed by stunning transformations made possible by Kyle and Lindsey's vision and hard work. We are grateful to them, and their handy friends and relatives, too. Thanks to Lindsey for these wonderful shots that artfully capture the distance from beginning to end of their journey. We hope they'll be very happy in their new home.
Turns out that writing on windows was something they did at the Gatehouse, too. Thanks to Lindsey for waiting for just the right light to capture this shot from their dining room window.
We are grateful to newlyweds Kyle and Lindsey McEvoy for taking on the project of renovating the Gatehouse prior to their moving into it. We think the Gatehouse dates from the late 1850s, a few years after the big house was built. Kyle is conversant with the secrets of old houses, having worked with Ron Carpenter to restore hundreds of vintage fixtures at Holleywood including the glass octagonal lantern in the turret. Here are Kyle and Lindsey a couple of weeks into the job--still together and smiling!
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.