Thank you to those volunteers who helped us with the last CleanUp scheduled for the season! Aside from tending to The Little Stone House, fall mums were planted around key spots around the Fonthill Grounds. Thank you to all our volunteers over this past year! Your efforts will pay off next year as BIG changes are readied for early next spring.
Our next clean up date is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018. Wear long clothing suitable for gardening. 9am to Noon. See the link below for more details. Thank you!
September 15, 2018 was a great day for showing the house some community love. 19 people from the community helped out, including members of Telford, PA Boy Scout Troop 14, and Doylestown’s Girl Scouts 21852. All of these people made quick work of clearing back some regrown brush, and tidying up around the house perimeter. It might seem like coming back to pull out new growth and tidying up isn’t much progress, but it shows the community that there is a new respect and care for the house, which will help instill a sense of community pride to keep it neat, and not vandalize. One big positive part of our earlier season efforts: the poison ivy did not grow back! All of us who suffered with rashes after those clearings of a few months back–it was not for naught!
Another positive: this month we noticed very little new trash outside as compared to other clean ups. So maybe our caring for the house is rubbing off on others. Time will tell.
Thank you again to all of our volunteers! Stay with this page, and our Facebook Group for more updates on the status of restoration. Next clean up is October 6th!
Back in November, 2016, I experimented with a 360 degree spherical camera at the house, with hopes to get a peek inside, even though the inside is currently inaccessible. The camera has a thin profile, and I was able to mount it to a long painter’s pole, and stick it between the barred windows. Here was the result, now uploaded on a 360 video service. My hope is to gain access to the inside and shoot a higher resolution 360 video of the house, inside and outside, before the graffiti is removed later this fall.
The day finally arrived. Earth Day, 2018. On what turned out to be a beautiful Spring day, lots of volunteers came out to help at the main Fonthill Grounds, as well as The Little Stone House. Today’s task was just to cleanup a lot of the weeds and brush and debris that surrounds the house. An important first step to being able to do bigger restoration efforts. Earth Day (April 22, 2018) was a very symbolic day to start this, but there will be more cleanups scheduled throughout the coming months to keep up on it. A lot of hard work this day by many volunteers, some of whom are now recovering from poison ivy exposure. Thanks to all for their efforts! Below is a short video of the cleanup, with some factoids about the history of The Little Stone House.
We’ve met with folks from Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle and are excited to announce that there is an Earth Day cleanup event scheduled for April 22 in the Fonthill Woodlands! More information about the project and a volunteer registration form are available at https://www.mercermuseum.org/event/earth-day-fonthill-castle/
Please include on the form that you are part of or heard about it through Friends of the Little Stone House in Fonthill Woods. We will be posting more updates between now and Earth Day. Hope to see you there!
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We were thrilled to see the article in today’s Intelligencer describing the plans of the new executive director of Fonthill and Mercer Museum, Kyle McKoy. We plan to reconvene our group and offer to help with the efforts to revive the Little House site.
Some of you might remember the article from two years ago which mentioned our group: http://www.theintell.com/69393a68-de5c-584e-b2d0-d392b8c4e946.html
Thomas E. Brunt’s first drone video of the Little Stone House, from August 2015: https://vimeo.com/135701924
One immediate way to help is to contribute to the Fonthill Woodlands Project. From their page:
“The graffiti and spray paint that appears on the exterior and interior of the little house in the woods will be removed and the façade will be cleaned to expose the architectural features of the structure. One of the most unique features on the exterior of the house is a beautiful Mercer tile that depicts a bird and the Latin phrase “Silva Vocat” (the forest calls), and it is this wonderful art that serves as the showpiece for the mission appeal graphics.”
We’ve been updating the Facebook group and page, but this page is long overdue for an update. Since August, we’ve met with Douglas Dolan, Executive Director of Bucks County Historical Society and Ed Reidell, Site Administrator of Fonthill, to plan how we can best work with them.
The house is in their plans, but the Fonthill Gates are the priority right now. The renovation of the gates is currently being funded by the Questers group. It would be great if we could get some more volunteer commitment and/or fundraising donations underway (or at least promised) for the house to show that it too is worthy of saving and restoration.
In the meantime, we have offered to clean up the grounds around the house and the gates. We began yesterday by cleaning up some trash, cutting and cleaning up some brush, and removing vines from the house. Susan cleaned up most of the trash and did most of the cutting, while Val heaved branches to the other side of some large logs/trees and Sara cut and pulled invasive vines from the walls of the house.
We hope to make this a weekly thing to make up for lost time. It took us a while to schedule today’s clean-up and we’re hoping to have at least a few more before winter pays a visit.
If you would like to volunteer, please complete, sign and date this form VOLUNTEER APPLICATION Bucks Co, scan it, and e-mail it to ereidell AT fonthillmuseum.org.
Our representative, Valerie-Anne Lutz, met on August 7 with Mr. Douglas Dolan, Executive Director of the Bucks County Historical Society, to learn more about the Fonthill Trustees’ plans for the Fonthill grounds. At this point, they are in the middle of the project to the restore the Fonthill Gates, and hope that all interested will volunteer to help that project. We will be meeting with a volunteer coordinator to discuss plans to clean up the grounds from the gates to the area of the house in the very near future. If you’re interested in learning more about this, please comment here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More soon…