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Thanks for joining us as we renovate a historic house in Cape Charles, Va. We've been a part of this community for about 10 years. When we retired in June, we decided to buy a house in the Historic District of town. Follow us as we take on this adventure. We are new bloggers and [...]
This is a copy of the Sanborn Map of Cape Charles for the year 1904; 1903 has not been digitized. Our house is clearly constructed and even the front and back porches are shown. This also helped to determine that the back porch was original; we have been unable to find photographs of it. So, [...]
Our neighbors on Tazewell are a young family from Midlothian (small world). They clued us in about the town tax records that we could access on line. They go back to the 1800's so we were able to search for Wm E. Nottingham by year. We started in 1902 and found that he owned a [...]
It's a great source of pride, and dare I say, competition, to have one of the really old houses in Cape Charles. We are in hot pursuit of the year the house was built. Our purchase documents, as well as the listing ad, said our house was built in 1920. Ken was searching online for [...]
There is another fireplace directly behind this one in the corner of that room. Hoping to get them modified and working with gas inserts.
Pocket doors! Every beautiful door has the original knob Push button light switches and cast iron sink. I grew up in a house built in the 1890's and we also had these.
Original front door. Ken can't wait to take it back to its former glory Only 1 missing! Original newel post and cap. Renovation gurus say this a great piece after 100 years. Do we look inside for the house plans?