Living in an historic town has benefits and one is to see old homes being restored and returned to use. We have several going on currently and they range from small to quite large. One nearby on Ash street was formerly the Embers restaurant that is being converted to a private home. It has been estensively reworked both inside and out and is starting to look very impressive. The other restorations are also all along Ash street and are near the Florida House and 29 South Restaurant. We often see homes that are beginning to approach serious deterioration and always hope someone will see the value in restoring them and creating extened lives for these unique places. A challenging factor in restorations and repairs I’ve made here at the Williams House is that homes from this era have dimensional lumber through out their construction (ie. 2×4′s actually measure 2 in by 4 in instead of today’s dimensions of 1.5 by 3.5 inches). So you either have to find old lumber or build combinations of boards that match the thickness and width of the old lumber. We are thrilled to see the historic district continue to renew and refurbish some of its oldest dwellings and to help preserve the unique and unusual history of this area.