Carlisle Area Historical Society

Saving History for Tomorrow


What a wonderful Holiday Season

Posted by Melody Kirk on December 19, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Holiday open house was a fabulous success! The deadline gave us that extra push to get the second floor completed and the decorators took over from there. This old house has never looked so grand. It makes you just want to sit and admire the rooms for hours on end.

We had so many events, teas, dinners and private parties this season that my head is whirling and my feet are aching! Once again Mary Sue (with help from Josh) outdid herself  with the wonderful cooking. No one goes home hungry from the Randleman House and that includes the help! Thanks Mary Sue for all your hard work.

No outside events are planned the rest of the year but members can gather for an informal New Years Eve party. We will have some snacks, maybe a movie and a chance to reflect on our successes (and hatch a few plans for the coming year)

Hope to see you there.


Work on 2nd Floor Progresses

Posted by Melody Kirk on November 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sanding and staining of the floors upstairs at the Randleman house is complete. Today the first coat of polyurethane was brushed on. It will need to cure 24 hours before applying the second coat. Very soon those rooms will be ready to decorate. I am very excited about the upcoming Light Up Carlisle celebration scheduled for December 3rd and 4th. Teams of local families will be decorating the rooms in different themes. A small charge ($5) will be charged to tour the house. All proceeds will go to the Paint the House campaign!

Come on over for breakfast before shopping on the 26th. Sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs, pancakes, cofee, juice and cinnamon rolls. You can't beat this!

The stairs are gone!

Posted by Melody Kirk on October 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Rex Fowler got the ball rolling for the tear-off of the back stairs. Rob and Danny followed up on his work and were scratching their heads about how to get the rest of the work done when member, Carole Gates suggested her friend Don might come finish the job with his bobcat. Thanks to everyone who completed this big step in the renovation of the Randleman House. Included in the demo was the removal of the rotten siding on the outside of  "the red room". It is brick all the way up! Curiously enough the brick is in layers with the oldest (original) brick being in the middle. Newer brick forms the lower tier and also a few places at the top. We can only assume that this was to shore up unsupported areas and fill in gaps. The removal of the siding reavealed great information about how the original porch was constructed and gives us a  pattern for restoration of the original porch. Way to go everyone!


Questers Donation

Posted by Melody Kirk on September 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

A gift of an antique oak secretary was received in April from our local Quester group, Old Dudley 1221. This gift was made possible by a grant from the State Quester's organization with a matching amount donated from our local chapter.

 Questers is an international organization  edicated to the preservation of history and restoration of historical buildings and artifacts. Questers is made up of small chapters who study history and work to educate everyone about historic preservation.

CAHS is so proud to have The Randleman House be one of Quester's "projects". This is the third Quester gift/grant since we formed in 2007. Several local Quester members are also CAHS members and volunteer many hours to our cause.