Monday, July 26, 2010

What a Pane in the Glass!!!

For the past 3 weeks, we have been taking the panes out of the window sashes. So far, we've removed over 250 individual panes. We have about 15 more windows to go. Most of the windows are 6 over 6. The rest of the windows, in the front part of the house, are 6 over 9 and 9 over 9. We've managed to break very few panes. I don't know what is holding some of those panes in, but it's not window's as hard as concrete. We've tried to heat the glazing up to see if it would soften any...NO. This past weekend, I barely finished 2 windows by slowly and delicately chipping and scraping away that "stuff."

On a more interesting note...

While Jeff was working on one of the sashes out of the family room, I noticed some pencil writing on the side.

" John Donahoo July 27th 1831"

After doing a little research, John Donahoo lived in Havre de Grace, MD and built Turkey Point Lighthouse among other lighthouses in Maryland and Virginia.

We figure this is the year the window was replaced. Hopefully, we'll find more "jewels" like this as we continue!


  1. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing your preservation project in the blogosphere.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. this is really interesting! love riding by and seeing the progress in person, too!

  4. Thank you for eveything you are doing to that wonderful and historic house. My great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandfather, John Daye Sr. (Tanner) built the original section of the house in the 1730's. My family is so happy to see the house being restored and I know my ancestors are too. Thank you for everything you have done and are doing.

  5. Erin,
    I am so glad that your family approves. Any info you have on the house or your ancestors would be appreciated. Especially the's been difficult to find anything at the historical society. Let us know if you want to stop by.