For a little over a month I have been enjoying copying and learning about the historic documents, photographs and artifacts of the William Lyman Thomas family. There are six framed photographs that I have been allowed to examine minutely. I have removed all of them from their frames, cleaned everything thoroughly and fixed whatever minor things I found they were wanting. The whole process has been fascinating and enlightening.
I am happy to soon be returning these items to their owner, a Thomas family descendant, some of them in an improved condition. This post is about the process I went through with the largest of the framed images. It contains four separate images that should be of great interest to present day Maplewoodites (I think I’m over using Maplewoodian).
In two of the images, the Thomas family home can be seen. Named Ellendale Home Place by the family, it still exists today. Built in 1881 when there were only four residences on the Sutton farm, it may be our finest and best preserved historic home. The home is on Roseland Terrace. The front yard once sloped all the way down to Manchester. Another home and a small commercial strip have since been built there. I’ll have more to say about Ellendale Home Place in an upcoming post.
This post is just about the deconstruction of the framed images and the exciting discoveries that were made.
I would like to add that Ellendale Home Place is privately owned and not open to the public. If you go by to look please be respectful. I have been inside this beautiful home a few times. The last time I took a lot of photos which I’ll include in an upcoming post.
I want to thank again the descendants of the Thomas family for sharing all of these most interesting things with us.