Spaces - Antiques collector rescues f...

Spaces - Antiques collector rescues former armadillo farm from ruin, fills it with treasures

There are 1 comment on the story from Apr 6, 2007, titled Spaces - Antiques collector rescues former armadillo farm from ruin, fills it with treasures. In it, reports that:

“When I walked in this awful-looking thing and I saw the walls, I said, 'Whoa. Wait a minute,'”

At 82, Harriette Gorman is one of the youngest things in her house. Heck, she has tallow candles that qualified as antiques when she was born in 1925. via

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Teresa Offutt

Martinsburg, WV

#1 May 7, 2007
The awful thing was not that awful when Harriett bought it. I used to own the Armadillo Farm, and it upsets me to think Harriette Gorman was the "only one who cared enough to fix it up." I admit she did a fantastic job, but we needed a few more hundred thousand dollars to invest and about 20 more years. The house was actually completed in 1902. The slab where the kitchen sits, was actually a slab for a commercial kitchen, put in by the gentlemen we bought the property from. I loved that farm, was the only place I was happiest owning. I lived there when it was just a shell of a home, no running water, no septic, no electricity, we gutted the whole thing, put in new 2X4s and sheetrock. We lived in the house, during the dirtiest part of the renovations. We lived there with five children! See: for the history of the Armadillo Farm and our stories living out on the farm.

When I visit Texas the end of this month, I would love to visit the old homestead if Harriette would allow me to.

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