Thus far, I have had the opportunity to work on a handful historic structures beginning in 2007 in two Florida state parks: O’Leno State Park in High Springs and Dudley Farm in Newberry, FL
Besides pressure-washing the CCC historic structures in O’Leno State Park and re-leveling an historic structure on Dudley Farm, I had the wonderful opportunity to preserve and restore the O’Leno Mill that has been on display in the park since 2007-2008. This mill happened to be re-discovered the year I was there on a farm in Traxler. And so we called it the “Traxler Mill.” And it was carefully brought to O’Leno State Park. And after specialized advising on this project from both the FPS Archaeologist and especially Florida’s Div. of Historical Resources chief conservator James Levy, I was given the task to restore* it.
*Restoration requires more knowledge, skill, time, and money than preservation. Preservation is used to mean to preserve the structure or object to try to keep it from further decay or deterioration. Restoration is a professional attempt to restore the structure or object to its original condition.
This project in particular set me on a path to want to do more work in historic preservation. But I also have liked the idea of curating artifacts and manuscripts. Thus, while working for the FPS in the Central Museum Collections facility in Tallahassee after my 2007 stint at O’Leno, I desired getting a Museum Studies Certificate from FSU. After a few more stints and a year-long internship in the Heritage collections/Archive of a 176 year old private institution in downtown Orlando, I finally completed the certificate in December 2014.
During the year of 2007 while living in High Springs, I also worked on my first historic private home, a Victorian home in High Springs, painting three interior rooms including the great room.
The next historical home I worked on is in Central Florida, a 1927 colonial house. We painted the whole interior of this 2-story home in 2009. I have been washing the exterior about once a year since. I painted all the shutters end of 2019, and gearing up to paint the exterior soon.
The next historical home I have worked has been through my newer business A USA PPP LLC, a 1906 home east of Gainesville near Lake Newnan (see Painting Portfolio).
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