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The *award-winning* ordinary house

259 years old and still charming ’em…we can all hope to age so well.

I’m proud to report that our initial efforts to breathe new life into the Ordinary House were recognized by the Town of Hillsborough last Friday when we received a 2013 Preservation Award for “The Preservation of a Historic Exterior”.

preservation award

I joked that if anybody knew how long the remaining to-do list for the exterior was, they might have waited another decade before praising our accomplishments. Nevertheless, it’s very gratifying to know that people are watching our progress and consider it worthy of recognition. Check out my interview with WCHL in Chapel Hill about the award here.

To everyone who has stopped by to lend advice, tell a story, or just say “attaboy” – thank you. The acceptance and support that we’ve received from our new neighbors and friends has made our labors seem worthwhile and have shown us just how friendly Hillsborough is.

We’ve only been at this for nine months and we’re only getting started, so I hope that you’ll continue to follow along as we delve into the next phase of renovations, beginning with the kitchen.

Congratulations also to Sandy McBride and Kim Richardson, and Mark and Jennifer Soloman for their awards  – we’re in good company!

preservation award ceremony

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Anonymous #

    Congratulations on a well-deserved award… have worked hard and accomplished so much in a short time. Looking forward to the start of interior improvements!

    June 5, 2013
    • jrh #

      Thank you. It’ll be nice to have something done on the inside where we spend most of our time.

      June 8, 2013
  2. Yeah! Congrats on all you 2 have accomplished in such a short time.
    Was just celebrating my b-night at sister Karen and Bob Ireland’s home and telling stories. Karen still has a “saw that” one about the little ghost girls hovering just above the planks in the blue room and claims she saw her about 5 or 6 times…I never did, but something surely went bump in the night

    Would love to come over for a little tour when you are ready to receive.

    Zacki of “Seven Hearths”

    June 6, 2013
    • jrh #

      We haven’t run into any of the ghostly residents…yet.

      June 8, 2013
  3. Leslie #

    Kudos on that recognition; it is surely deserved!

    June 6, 2013
    • jrh #

      Thanks…we’re proud of it, deserved or not.

      June 8, 2013

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