Saturday, July 24, 2010

Family Reunion

The Olmsted clan will gather at Ludlow Manor!
by Charlie Leck

It’s a lovely spot, this Ludlow, Pennsylvania. It’s about 35 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania. It’s right on the eastern fringes of the Allegheny National Forest. The home my wife’s grandfather, Robert Olmsted, built there is nothing but fabulous.

Many years ago, the family gave the beautiful manor house and the property to the Methodist Church as a retreat center. It’s well used, but they do reserve time for the family to gather there on occasion. The last time we did this was in 1984. Now, we’ll do it again.

We do this in order to remember my wife’s maternal family. Her grandfather was a power in industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. It enabled him to build an extraordinary home in an unlikely spot in Pennsylvania. A few photos will explain the luxury in which they lived.

Times have changed!

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