I think it’s safe to say that I’m HAPPY!! Insert theme song here ! 🙂
The board has worked tirelessly to make this a reality and it’s all starting to come together. Let me curb my enthusiasm a bit to bring every one up to speed. There is so much legal red tape that this project has taken 2 1/2 years to get to this point and we couldn’t be happier!
We have given Peter Sweeting another $30k installment and he has allow us to take over the building and begin renovations. But first…. the demo! It’s a little bit of a painful process because there is extensive damage to this 75+ year old house, but with some skillful maneuvering and construction work, I think we will be able to save the integrity of this building
Here is the house with the back pergola off…
This is where the kitchen and dinning room used to be…
and the roof is now off…
and now the entire back section is gone…
We cleared out everything and stored what we thought we could keep and use in the future. Most of the Sweeting family were able to go in and take mementos and reminisce of old times.
It was very important to us that they had this time with each other. They have told us several times how much they support our efforts to restore their family home. It’s a very humbling feeling and we are honored to do it. And that is another reason we feel that this project is so important. Preserving history is important for everyone, unfortunately most people wait until it’s too late to do it. I’m just glad we have begun!
The contractor is going to start removing the floor and when that is done, we will assess the damage under the house. At that point we will figure out the best way to move forward.
The government is still “in the process” of approving our loan so we are in fund raising mode. I’m very happy to say that we have raised over $70k to this point, but that hasn’t covered the purchase price yet. So we will be having a fund raiser in April and we ALWAYS accept donations!!
If preserving our island history is important to you, then contact me at mowmuseum.com We are an accredited 501 (c)(3) and have earned non-profit status from the U.S. and the Bahamas. You can also check out our web site at mowmuseum.org
I hope to be writing regularly, now that the project has begun, so… stay tuned…..!
But before I go, here is a sneak peak at the beautiful area upstairs.