In 1997, we had lived in Washington, DC, for more than thirty years, and had raised our sons, Rob and Drew, there. A weekend visit to Greene and a tour of an old, historic house in the village changed the course of our lives. Charles, an architect who specialized in careful residential renovations, exclaimed over the relatively unspoiled condition of the house, and was soon drawing sketches on his notepad. We bought it and moved within months.
In the ten years that followed that purchase, we have faced a number of challenges and some outright disasters. Of them all, Charles’s death in 1999 was by far the most difficult. We have carried on, though, and we remain devoted to the old house, with all its issues. It is a local landmark, and has witnessed the Civil War era, the rise and fall of New York’s canal system, the era of the railroads, the Depression and the modern era. We would welcome the opportunity to tell you all about it!