Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Grange - Views From The House

 Looking across Beach Creek

July of 2011, the National Park Service released their proposed plan for the Former Reserved Properties Management Plan.  Their recommendation, open up The Grange tract to the public for visitors services, education, and activities. By law, the NPS received the tract upon the expiration of a Retained Rights Agreement by a descendant of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie, Lucy C. J. Graves.  

With this addition of The Grange Tract within the NPS hands, the historical integrity of the Dungeness Complex is now one cohesive group. The Grange lies in the heart of a complex system of other structural outbuildings that help to create a varied facade for the operations of the infrastructure of the Dungeness Estate in the late 19th and 20th century.
A view from the rooftop

 The NPS will now be responsible for renovating the historic structure within the Dungeness Historic District. Due to several rehabilitations over the years by the Graves family and others, The Grange is in very good condition.
One of the issues at this time is the limited funding that is dedicated to the Cumberland Island National Seashore (CUIS). There are 396 other areas within the National Park System that need to be funded during this downturn in the economic. BTW - Cumberland Island is one of just ten designated National Seashores.

The other issue is a frequently used tool of leases and other agreements by the NPS to help defray the burden of management and over time, continued maintenance costs. Indiana Dunes, Point Raise, Apostle Islands and other areas within the park system have lease agreements. 
Rooftop view, Dungeness ruins in the distance

An issue that needs to be considered by the NPS in this critical planning process is that in the future, retained estate tracts at Stafford and tracts located behind Plum Orchard will expire. Several structures in the leased areas of the complex behind Plum Orchard have already deteriorated. More burden will be placed upon CUIS and the park service when these newly acquired historical estate structures come into their hands.

Leases are effective but just what kind?

Antietam Battlefield has leases. One of the major battles at this historic site was fought in the cornfields.  The NPS needs corn for the environmental effect, so they lease the land to farmers to grow the corn so that it will appear to look like the battlefield at that time.

Regardless of whatever the NPS decides, all parties will not be satisfied.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Grange

The Grange was built in 1902 by Lucy C. Carnegie as a residence for her estate manager William E. Page and his wife Eleanor. Prior to the construction, the Pages had been living at Dungeness in the first floor bedroom. The first and second floor has approximately 7,000 square feet, plus additional attic and basement areas.

Located in the heart of the Dungeness Historic District between The Carriage House and the ruined Pool House, the Georgian-styled house rests on a flared brick foundation and has a hipped shaped roof. Not originally designed but added years later are hipped dormers and a crude cupola giving access to the rooftop. Roughly sixty by fifty seven feet, an exterior stuccoed finish covers the wood framed two-story five bay house.

The Grange is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and the NPS List of Classified Structures (LCS).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Plum Orchard - Brochure

Plum Orchard, the George L. Carnegie estate
 designed by Peabody and Stearns of Boston,
as seen from an older brochure.


Happy New Year!

I thought this would be a good time for myself to reflect upon posts that I could have but neglected to blog about this past year. If only I had spent a little bit of more time concentrating on them.......... As we have closed out 2011 and begin another, a new year seems like a good time for me to begin regularly updating this blog.

Although looking back over things that had happened last year, one major disappointment for me from the year 2011 is that I painfully will not in the year 2012 be able to enjoy my bumper sticker below!