Move to Bristol, PA

Move to Bristol, PA

Mike – Glad to add what little I know about the move. After the fire everyone took a look around at the Manumit buildings which were all of wooden construction and saw fire traps everywhere. The Mill, as you know, had been a major building. When it burned the Gym and the Main House were left, plus a number of smaller out buildings (Clark House, Ravine House). The Gym in particular was seen as a potential tinder box. There was concern about the old barns, too. Several places that would have been suited for a school were considered and rejected for various reasons. My impression is that the decision lay primarily with Billy. The big selling point of the Ben Salem plant was that the main building was seriously fire proof, as was the director’s apt., and the barns also looked more resistant to fire than the ones in Pawling. I don’t know the financial end of things – what Pawling brought and what Ben Salem cost. Don’t know if it was a wash or if not where the money came from. As we all know, Billy sank a lot of his personal money into the school at various times. Too bad the board documents weren’t saved. Wonder if any made their way into Ben’s house in Pawling Kate would know. I drove around with Billy and my mother Amelia to look at some of the properties under consideration. A real estate agency specializing in institutional property provided the listings. One in the Millbrook, NY, area was too small and too close to a highway. Memory fails on the rest. But fireproof was the big concern. At the time, Manumit/PA belonged to a wealthy family and was well tended and very beautiful. As to the upper forty although I spent several summers and other vacations in PA, I don’t recall crops, I just remember it being used to pasture the horses. Your recollection may better than mine on that. Barba