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Visitors

Today, the House was awash in activity. In addition to all the work, the delivery, kids running around, we also had some visitors.

Remember how I wrote about the great, great, great-granddaughter of Harry Fenn (is that enough "grands", or too many?) contacted me recently, having stumbled upon my blog? Well, today she came to see me, along with her parents.

This is us around the kitchen table, going over all the different papers and comparing notes.



And that on the bottom left is the Little Man's head peeking out. He likes cameras.

It was such a pleasure meeting everyone in person! We had a lovely time walking through the House. I told them about everything we had planned for it, what we discovered in our research, etc. They've gifted us with the copies of Harry Fenn's and Alice Fenn Coffin's (Harry's daughter) works they still had in their possession.

Thank you, guys. And we hope to see you again very soon!

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