Renovations continue

Lovely folks from Shreveport just left after celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Jefferson at Wise Manor with Stillwater Inn for dinner last night and Jodie’s Ghost Walk last evening. 

Glenn has not quite finished work on the dumb waiter, but I have been using it to haul fresh towels and linens, cleaning supplies and fresh coffee, etc. upstairs.  Glenn will be back to adjust the speed of ascension and descent and to keep it level, but it is quite functional as is.  Just in time!  as my poor old knees are starting to creak. 

The parlor sofa and Mom’s chair are back from the upholsterer’s and look spectacular!  Ballew’s was able to pick them up, order in the fabric, repair and re-upholster, then deliver, all in two weeks!  The fabric for the other chair is on back order and will arrive soon.  I have already referred two friends to Ballew’s and they seem very pleased.  In the meantime, I have discovered a retired upholsterer here in the Jefferson community.  I’ve decided to send her one of the rockers from the Ramsay Suite.  The fabric is in good shape, but it clashes with the new linens I’m using upstairs now so needs to be changed out to blend better.  The parlor furniture was in very bad shape thanks to years of use and a steady procession of highly pampered cats which could do no wrong, even if it involved shredding the furniture.

Jefferson’s first ever Easter Parade was a great hit last week.  It was a small, but auspicious beginning and ladies and gents alike had a splendid time!  I expect the parade will double in size by next year.  Start planning your Easter hat now.  More fun in Jefferson! 

And the glass for the new window installation in on its way!  The stained glass and the etched center panel will be delivered Tuesday and Glenn should have it installed within the week.  His crew is finishing up the very back of the house, installing new siding, but there are lots of things still on my to-do list.   Very excited to have the new window going in over the staircase!  Restoring this beautiful old house is a joy to my spirit!  Loving it!  Hoping Mom is watching…

Saturday afternoon in Jefferson

Just returned from the Excelsior House Hotel where the owners (the Jessie Allen WISE Garden Club< did you get the hint?  Jessie Allen Wise was my great grandmother on my dad’s side>) held a beautiful anniversary tea.  The table was set with tasty items from the Excelsior House Cookbook and each item was labeled with the page number from the Cookbook!  We took our plates out into the courtyard and chatted beneath a portable pavilion set up for the occasion.  Several of the ladies were in period costume and apparently had persuaded several gentlemen into period gear for the festivities.  The day is sunny and warm; a perfect day for a tea party

Work on the exterior of Wise Manor progresses.  These guys are skilled, neat, and polite.  I am truly blessed!  Glenn is designing my dumb waiter; we are considering motorizing it!  I vote YES!

Someone said a lovely thing to me earlier today at the tea when I was extolling the renovations of Wise Manor, “Wise Manor is a Jefferson gem!”  I like that!  I really, really LIKE THAT!  This house makes me happy, and comments like that intoxicate me!

Thank you for all the lovely complements on the new web site.  Holly is pleased that I am pleased; and I am pleased that you find the site interesting and beautiful!  Thanks for your input; it is always welcome.

Welcome to Wise Manor

Dear guests and potential guests,
 
Thanks for taking a look at my brand new web site.  It was designed by a former student of mine who now lives several states away, but who re-connected with me on Facebook.  If we have left off any bells or whistles, or there is something you would like to see on the site, please let us know.  We’d be very grateful for your feedback.  We like it very much and hope you do, too!
 
Wise Manor is undergoing a restoration/facelift!  Since October, 2010, a fantastic carpenter/contractor has been working on the house with his small crew.  It appears to be a labor of love, as he takes each new project I present to him as a new adventure.  So far he and his crew have re-built rotten window frames, inserted insulation all around the house and in the attic, re-built attic vents, repaired squirrel holes, re-built crumbling piers underneath the house and repaired others, replaced bad wooden siding with Hardie Plank, and other-wise repaired or replaced everything on the exterior that needed replacing or repairing…and painting.  We are planning to replace a window over the staircase that was removed sixty years ago as it continually leaked.  The stained and etched glass has been ordered from Glass Castles in Nacogdoches.  Meanwhile Glenn has found, repaired, and refinished a door to match the others throughout the house, and has inserted it as a second sound baffle between the adjoining upstairs rooms.  Today he was taking measurement for a dumb waiter so I can haul sheets and towels upstairs without carrying them in my arms.  He is amazing!  I am thinking seriously of adopting him.


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312 Houston Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-4500
wisemanor.com