Yesterday I discovered a few new things in some old files at Abbot Hall. In a document from a file recorded by the M’Head Hist Dist Comm dated November 20, 1978, the house is dated as c 1720. Other documents have dated it to 1750. On the back of this form the statement includes:
Public stories and private rumors have collected about this house. Caption James Mugford set up housekeeping here with his bride, Sally Griest. After his death, Sally married Martin and moved to her parents’ house. I was always told that when the fireplaces were blocked up, all the 18th century cooking equipment and andirons were sealed inside.
Greg and I are wondering if this is the fireplace the document is referencing? We’re 99% sure we have a fireplace behind this wall. Our chimney has four flues and we only have three open fireplaces. On the second floor of the house the fireplaces are matchbook. So if we pull down this wall will we find 18th century cooking equipment and andirons sealed inside? Makes you want to rip it down right this second to find out, right?