Can you believe that I have been working at the plantation for two weeks now!
Time just seems to race by now!
Just to give you a quick update on what we have going on…
We are almost done with the contract proposal for the repairs and landscaping. We hope to be able to move forward with the work within the next week. Once work begins, we hope that we will be able to complete it quickly so we can fill the mansion with furnishings. Our interior designer is ready to run as soon as we have things ready.
We were to start on the driveway and parking area this week, but found out at the last minute that the State and County required two permits and a bond for the work. So we are working like crazy to get those into place so we can start the work.
Sadly, because of the delays in the repairs and such, we won’t be opening on May 1st! Our hopes are to be ready by the end of May. It would be nice to open before Memorial Day and the start of the Summer Travel Season. But this is what opening a business is like. Best laid plans don’t always come when we want.
This week, I will be away from the plantation. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I will be taking a Food Service Management course so I can be certified in this new area. So if I don’t reply back quickly please forgive me! I will be studying hard for my final exam on Thursday! Fingers Crossed!
After Thursday, if we don’t have a change in our schedule, I may head back to Chesapeake to see our kids and Hurley. Then we will head back to the plantation on Friday evening so we can be there, ready to go on Saturday. Maybe we can see about bring Hurley along.
How would you like to see Belle Grove before we open?
Here’s your chance!
We are going to be working on the grounds this weekend and would love to have some volunteers to help us if you can! We still have some debris from the trees to clear and bricks to pull from the riverside of the mansion. Bring your shovel, work gloves, chainsaws, lawn chairs and a brown bag lunch for a great day at the plantation! Church or Social Groups are more than welcome! We need all the help we can get to get things ready to go for the landscaping!
We also have free mulch from the trees available.
All you have to do is come on Saturday and load your truck!
Thank you again to all who voted for our “Official Cookie of Belle Grove Plantation”!
We are excited to be serving all of them at Belle Grove!
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