A Wet Basement

I shouldn’t have been so naive. All of the signs were there. There was the drain hole in the center of the concrete floor. There was the iron rust stain on the surface of the floor that trailed from the furnace to the drain hole. And then there were the patterns in the thin layer of sediment covering the…

The Road to Oletheho

Oletheho was the name given by native Americans of the Lenni Lenape tribe to the land situated between the northern bank of the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Creek. It would represent the westernmost extent of the lands purchased by William Penn from the tribe in 1684 for the purpose of ensuring peace so that Europeans, and in particular…

Old Homes and Homeowners Insurance

Insuring a home can be expensive. As my wife and I discovered after closing on the purchase of the Neebor Lee house, insuring a home that is more than 100 years old can be a great deal more expensive.  If you have a mortgage it is highly likely that you will be required by the lender to carry…

Historic Home Show

This past weekend my wife and I attended the Historic Home Show, a trade show and convention held conveniently ten minutes away from our home at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by the folks who publish Old House Journal magazine and other magazines of similar theme. Being neophytes in…

A House Born out of Revolution

I’m a big fan of history. I always have been. I’m one of those crazy individuals who built an insanely large family tree with over 13,000 individuals. So, it is only natural that I would want to research the former owners of the Neebor Lee and its property. Fortunately, quite a bit of research had already been completed before my wife…