Happy Monday! We’re happy, because we heard from Ken Smith that the architectural drawings for our renovation of The Hermit Haus (the old church) are finished. Now we can get moving on that one, at last.
We’re still waiting on the title issues to be resolved before we can go ahead with the Gillis House, but in the meantime I’m doing lots of research on the history of Cameron and that house. When we officially get it, you will have a lot of fun reading. I’m getting help from Melanie Reed at the Chamber of Commerce, who has found some maps I want to get my hands on.
In the meantime, I saw in the news that my favorite love/hate couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines are also buying a historic property, one that really reminds me of the one we looked at in Cameron last week. Check out that link for some cool pictures of the Cottonland Castle. Here’s a little on its history.
Meanwhile, in Cameron, we are not the only folks fixing up houses. Our friend, Susan Jolly, has gone through a lot of trouble and effort to get all the permissions lined up to do what will be an amazing rehab of an old building in the “Dutch Town” area of the city, over by where the railroad depot used to be. The building started out as a department store, then was a grocery store, once had a tailor shop in back, and now half of it is a restaurant (the DutchTowne Deli and Cafe).
We are so glad this is going to get worked on, since many of the old buildings in the area have fallen into disrepair. Just last month some old warehouses were razed.