The Summer Construction Season is almost Here!

We’re now well into spring which means that the summer construction season is almost here.  That doesn’t mean that we’ve been idle this past winter.   We spent a large part of the last four months renovating the home’s third floor bathroom. That involved removing the bathroom’s old rusted shower stall and clunky vanity, repairing plaster walls, removing…

The Admiral

While there have been many interesting past owners of the Neebor Lee home and property, one of the more interesting ones was Ross Palmer Whitemarsh. He was born in Olympia, Washington in 1895, the son of a workshop machinist who emigrated to the Washington Territory in the 1870s. He pursued a career in the Navy and…

“The Minute Men”

We’re still coming across surprising finds in the Neebor Lee  house more than two years after moving into the house. Yesterday I took a short break from renovating the home’s third floor bathroom to help my wife organize a walk-in closet occupying a small room located next to the bathroom.  In moving a floor to ceiling shelving unit to create…

Bathroom Renovation Update

In a prior post titled “Waylaid Plans”, I mentioned that a purchase of a vintage claw foot tub became the catalyst for a bathroom renovation that was not in any of my near-turn projects for the house. I’ve initiated those renovations and I’m happy to provide this update. The third-floor bathroom renovations began with the removal of the room’s old…

Golden Years

I covered much of the history of the Neebor Lee property in past posts, from its period of colonial ownership in the early 18th Century,  through the conflicted period of the American Revolutionary War and post-war construction of the Neebor Lee house, to the farmers who worked the land in the first half of the 19th Century, and to…

Waylaid Plans

I had not planned out any specific winter projects.  I figured that I would spend the upcoming months removing old wallpaper from several of the rooms in the Main House at a very leisurely pace and then painting those rooms to freshen them up a bit. I even purchased a steamer to  facilitate wallpaper removal. This…

A Change of Season

Fall is here, which means that the 2015 construction season is just about over. It seemed to have gone by very fast, and I had not accomplished as much as I had planned. Apparently the to-do list that I compiled at the end of last winter was a bit too ambitious. In addition, life managed to get in…

Transformation

For its first 118 years, the Neebor Lee house was a modest two-story farmhouse that was occupied by farmers, tenant farmers or servants of the Gumbes family. In 1903, however, that would change. On the last day of January of that year, Charles Wetherill Gumbes, Civil War veteran, surgeon, country doctor and owner of the…

The Coming Apocalypse

Word is out that a horde of zombies is lurching its way toward our very own little town of Upper Providence, Pennsylvania.  As a result, the town council has declared a State of Emergency and is warning the town’s residents to gather supplies and to hunker down indoors to wait out the onslaught. Countering this amassing  zombie…

A Backyard Wedding

On September 6th, the Neebor Lee House hosted a wedding. It was a small wedding, with only 35 guests consisting of immediate family members and close friends of the bride and the groom, who was my oldest son. My wife and I spent a good part of the prior month preparing for this wedding. The Neebor…

The Gentleman and the Surgeon

We are now well into the dog days of summer, with the days having become hot and humid with temperatures occasionally exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  It can be hard to get things done outside under these conditions, particularly for a 55 year old heart attack survivor like myself. At much prompting by my caring family, I have slowed my renovation…

Keeping the Rain off our Heads

I hope never to replace another roof again.  At least, that is my goal considering the money I spent on roofs over the past five months.  During that time I replaced four of them.  These included the roof  of the Servant House and the roof of the Mason Lodge, which were replaced professionally in February. Both…