The Restoration (continued) “This feat, which was accompanied by a costly and extensive landscaping program, reflects the boundless enthusiasm and great financial resources characteristic of the builder/owners of the premier summer estates of the period in Harrisville and Dublin,” notes the application for placement on the register, which the building did receive. The Childs family lived in the home for more than 20 years, adding two floors and additional rooms to the original structure. They tailored the grounds to resemble an Italian estate, but hit upon hard times, like many other people during the Great Depression. Arthur died in 1933 and Alice in January 1939. The Childs had two children. Alice Muriel Childs, who was married to William E. Whitney, and who died December 25, 1939, and Philip Moen Childs, who died during World War II, leaving behind a wife and two children. As the years went on, more buildings were added to the estate as it became a sanitorium, the St. Thomas More School for Boys from 1959 to 1972, Antioch College and the affiliated Harrisville School from 1973 to 1975. The current owners, the Long family, purchased the estate, now down to 170 acres, in 2014 from the Mountain Missionary arm of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which used it as a communal home and commercial bakery for nearly 40 years. “Aldworth Manor’s many reuses, while necessary for its
survival, have not produced especially felicitous results for the building itself,” notes the application for historical recognition. “Pragmatic interior changes such as the partitioning of larger rooms to create offices, small classrooms and living spaces have somewhat compromised the building’s integrity.” Leslie Lamois, who was hired by the Long family to assist in the renovation of Aldworth Manor, says the changes and additions made over the years have made the renovation “pretty challenging.” “One of the guys who’s been working on the building told me there have been about a dozen owners here and every one of those who owned it has done a little bit of damage,” says Lamois. “That pretty much describes it.” But the way Lamois sees it, Aldworth Manor found its savior when Roger and Tammy Long and their two sons, Shane and Jordan, bought the property. “Roger is a force of nature,” says Lamois. “He doesn’t stop.” “I have been involved with construction off and on, all of my life,” says Roger, who has a BA in arts and most recently was the department head of the John Deere Agriculture Equipment Technology program at Arkansas State University-Beebe. “I know how to repair and build things, so these qualities have helped me tremendously in my work in restoring this manor and the other buildings on the property.” Aldworth Manor came to the attention of the Long family through Shane, who, after several years of living and work-
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