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The Restoration (continued) was to keep teaching and in the summers have a little farm and host some wedding events. But that was just on a small scale. When we saw this place and saw its potential, the dream changed and got bigger.” The Longs have been hosting weddings, retreats and events on the grounds of the estate since they purchased it, but the condition of the manor meant that building needed some serious work before it could become part of their master plan. The estate also consists of two other relatively modern buildings that together have lodging for 48 people, where wedding parties reside during the festivities, and the old Headmaster’s House, which has another five bedrooms for guests. Roger and Tammy live in the estate’s carriage house, which is divided up into four apartments. Erin Hammerstedt, their kitchen manager and the executive director of Historic Harrisville, lives in another and Shane occupies the fourth apartment. Since their purchase of the estate, they’ve been working on the exterior of the manor, removing changes to the building that had been done after ownership passed out of the hands of the Childs family, with Roger as the project manager and Shane and Jordan kicking in extra labor. The first floor of the manor is well along its way to being presentable, with most of the rooms ready for the public and a kitchen is close to being ready for “public nights,” Mondays and Thursdays when a restaurant and bar in the manor will be open to the public. The second floor of the manor, which is a warren of

bedrooms and offices, is next on the list for repairs, followed eventually by the third floor, which was once home to the servants who staffed the manor when the Childs lived in it. “When the suites on the second floor are redone, we will have lodging for 75 people,” notes Tammy, who says some people might have thought, and still might think, her family is crazy to have taken on this challenge. “But we knew we had the skill set to do this.” “I am thrilled that I may not be considered quite as crazy as some thought I was in the first couple of years,” adds Shane. “Each year we definitely learn more. However, as long as we are willing to adapt and listen, yet hold strong to our vision, I believe we will continue to improve and make Aldworth sustainable and with a future.” While Roger and his sons, Shane and Jordan, who is a filmmaker with his own production company in Los Angeles, have been doing a lot of the general work around the building, they have had to call in licensed professionals and craftspeople to do much of the technical and fine work. “We enjoy working with locals and want to continue,” says Shane. “There are many talented people in this com-

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